Réseau Québec maritime (RQM) Research Projects

The scientific strategy of the Québec Maritime Network is based on a global approach channeling Quebec expertise for the sustainable development of resources and environments of the St. Lawrence system.

We therefore support inter-sectoral research and the training of highly qualified personnel around five themes:

ECOSYSTEM HEALTH

By establishing recurring inventories to document biotic and abiotic characteristics, determining the functioning, vulnerability, and nature of interactions between elements of socioecological systems, and monitoring their dynamics and evolution over time, we can, in particular, clarify the services rendered by these ecosystems to human populations and inform decision-making from a sustainable development perspective.

HUMAN COMMUNITY HEALTH

There cannot be true sustainable development if governance, social cohesion, participation, ethics, and social, territorial, and intergenerational equity issues are not considered in decision-making processes and in setting public policies for the development of the maritime environment. These issues must be addressed in order to attend to the living conditions and well-being of human communities affected by Quebec’s maritime development.

MONITORING, SECURITY, AND MARITIME SAFETY

Quebec maritime territory is subjected to particularly difficult conditions, requiring the adoption of highly effective methods, frameworks, and practices for the identification, evaluation, monitoring, and prevention of risk factors by a large number of actors and stakeholders. This thematic area covers a wide range of issues such as human health and safety, environmental protection, and monitoring maritime facilities and infrastructures, for all maritime activities such as navigation, resource exploitation, and tourism.

SUSTAINABLE AND INTELLIGENT MARITIME TRANSPORT

The significant flow of commercial, tourism, and fishing vessels has led Quebec to implement technological and operational policies and solutions enabling the province to ensure the sustainable and intelligent development of these important economic activities, while minimizing risks and effects on the environment. This research theme also concerns the development of new maritime technologies as well as the analysis and improvement of existing practices and procedures, including logistics networks for maritime transport and the organization of port systems.

RESOURCES, MARINE ENERGIES AND HEALTH OF THE MARITIME ECONOMIC SECTOR

One fulcrum of Quebec’s development is the ability to sustainably and efficiently exploit the potential of the St. Lawrence system, including energy, fisheries, and underwater resources usable for the good of human health, or more generally the maritime environment itself as a vector of economic development (maritime transport, cruises, etc.). A review of current practices, the development of new processes, approaches, and procedures, and/or the exploration of new and hitherto unconsidered maritime resources are part of this thematic research focus.

Developed for the first time in 2017, this scientific framework is intended to be fluid and inclusive.

Consult the scientific strategy (in French only) Flèches RQM