Northwest Passage Project Commences

Four photos of students and faculty drilling through the ice for samples

After three years building towards this moment, the Northwest Passage Project has commenced.

UIC PHD and undergrad students departed on July 15th for an 18-day excursion that will take them into the Canadian Arctic to collect water, ice, and air samples in an attempt to improve understanding of the effect of warming trends in the Arctic on the environment and biodiversity of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

This project is led by Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center, backed by funding from the College of Liberal Arts and Science and the Office of Global Engagement at UIC, as well as the National Science Foundation with additional support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, and partnered with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research and the Secretariat of Polar Research in Sweden. Please visit the official site for the expedition for more information: