Researchers equipped with an ice canoe undertook a four-day study on the St. Lawrence River's Ha! Ha! Bay this week that aims to facilitate navigation in icy regions of the world.

Dany Dumont, a research professor at Rimouski's Ocean Sciences Institute, told Radio-Canada that the study was designed to explore ice movements on the bay that his team has been capturing on video since 2013.

Time-lapse floe movements on Ha! Ha! Bay0:13

Dumont said the study's ultimate goal is to shed light on floe movements in the marginal ice zones in the Arctic and Antarctica, where open ocean meets sea ice cover.

"The ice cover is subjected to the impact of waves in the areas and understanding that interaction is very important as navigation intensifies in those areas," he said.

Dany Dumont

Research professor Dany Dumont led the study on Ha! Ha! Bay. (Radio-Canada)

Also key to the Ha! Ha! Bay study was acquiring data on the extent to which ice cover limits wave movement.

"It's an opportunity to make use of a natural platform that is really the envy of laboratories around the world," Dumont said.


Researchers brought their instruments across the floes on their ice canoe. (Radio-Canada)

with files from Radio-Canada's Sébastien Desrosiers and Guillaume Bouillon