Pew's Arctic projects depend upon reliable information to identify conservation priorities in the Arctic marine environment and develop effective solutions. The scientific process is a proven method for evaluating data and interpretations and is thus an important foundation for our work. In addition, traditional knowledge (also known as indigenous knowledge or Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit) offers a time-tested way of understanding the natural world and people’s place within it. Combining scientific methods and traditional knowledge provides the most complete information to guide our work.

Conservationists draw upon research findings and are eager to make use of the latest insights. At the same time, few scientific results come neatly packaged for use in this arena. In Pew's Arctic work, we invest the time and effort to interpret scientific findings and determine how they affect the goals and tools of our campaigns.

Pew's Arctic work is both a consumer and producer of science and bases its work on existing research and traditional knowledge. Effective engagement in scientific activity requires us to contribute to fieldwork and analysis and share scientific findings. On these pages are descriptions of our work, links to completed projects, and an introduction to our scientists, who are dedicated to increasing our understanding of the Arctic and protecting life in the north for future generations. 

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Arctic Standards

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Narwhal, Belugas and Bowhead Whales

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Narwhal, known by their distinctive tusk-like tooth, live in the eastern Canadian Arctic and European waters north of 60 degrees latitude. Baffin Bay is home to the largest of the world’s three narwhal populations and numbers more than 60,000 whales. The whales roam between west Greenland and Canada, spending their winters far offshore in Davis Strait and Baffin Bay. In late May and June, they migrate through Lancaster Sound to areas such as Admiralty Inlet, Prince Regent Inlet and Eclipse Sound.