To observe the Arctic environment, Babin is adapting state‑of‑the‑art technology, such as free‑drifting profiling floats currently used to measure key processes in ocean ecosystems, to the Arctic environment. His laboratory experiments and biodiversity analysis using advanced molecular and biochemical techniques are allowing Babin and his team to create diagnostic and predictive models of northern ecosystems. The team is also developing an intelligent data‑archiving and analyzing system to deal with the vast streams of data they will collect, which is fundamental to achieving their goals. This archiving system will also offer stakeholders from the public, academic and industrial sectors a better understanding of the socio‑economic consequences of climate change on Arctic ecosystems.
Born out of a partnership between Canadian Arctic scientists and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique of France, the main component of this ambitious research project is the Takukvik, a joint laboratory program located in Quebec City and directed by Babin. This new centre for Arctic ecosystem and geosystem surveillance and modeling also partners with other organizations, such as Canadian, American, French and European space agencies, the United Kingdom's Arctic Office and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. To conduct their research, Babin and his team will also involve the Québec‑Océan oceanographic research group, the Centre for Northern Studies, as well as ArcticNet and GEOIDE—two Canadian Centres of Excellence.