A look at how the UK & Canada
are working together to uncover the secrets of the Arctic



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Meet Dr. Anne Jungblut

Dr. Jungblut works for the Natural History Museum in London and has partnered with Laval University in Quebec to study the microbiology of lakes and ponds in the Arctic.

Dr. Jungblut’s fieldwork involved collecting samples and comparing them with samples at the Natural History Museum from the 19th century. By studying the biodiversity and biogeography of these regions, she is helping to find effective indicators of climate change in the North. Check out her blog to learn more about her research.

How are pollutants affecting the Arctic atmosphere?

Dr. Ming-Xi Yang and his team are determined to find out...

Check out Dr. Yang's blog to learn more about this research expedition.

What happens when your experiment doesn't go as planned?

Just ask Dr. Jack Landy.

Dr. Landy is studying how ice conditions change in the Arctic, which will help develop advanced modelling systems for forecasting sea ice melt and break-up in the Canadian waterways, making it easier to navigate the Arctic.

Predicting how ice melts in the Arctic is not an easy task! Weather can change suddenly, throwing your experiment for a loop. Check out Dr. Landy's blog of what happened to him and his team in 2014.

What if you could ask a researcher anything?

Dr. Michael Lim hosted a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' forum to allow the public to ask questions about his research.

With increased sea level rise, coastal regions are under threat so Dr. Lim is working with Natural Resources Canada and the Geological Survey of Canada, to better understand coastal erosion in the Arctic. This erosion has implications on the livelihood of coastal regions, as he and his team explain in this AMA forum:

Read the full Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' thread to learn more about Dr. Lim's work. 

What if your daily commute was a helicopter ride and a 10km hike across the Arctic?

For two weeks in July, Dr. Owen Weller did just that.

Working with the Geological Survey of Canada, he and a field crew flew across and trekked the rugged terrain of Baffin Island – the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world – to unravel the history of the bedrock and create new, detailed maps of some of the most mysterious areas of the eastern Canadian Arctic. Take a look at some of the stunning photos they took of the unique geological formations:

To learn more about Dr. Weller's work, check out his blog.

What can pingos tell us about climate change?

Ask Dr. Pablo González!

The hills in this photo may look earthy and green, but don't be fooled – inside they're made of ice! 

Called pingos (from the Western Canadian Inuit word for a small hill), these formations are unique to the Arctic and subarctic and are highly sensitive to environmental changes. Studied correctly they could tell us a great deal about climate change in the Arctic. Working with scientists at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Dr. González is using satellite and drone technology to study these hills up close, better understand their origin and composition, and help realize their full potential as climate change indicators.

To learn more about Dr. González's work, check out his blog.

What can shrubs in the Yukon tell us about climate change?

Team Shrub, led by Dr. Isla Myers-Smith, are ecologists from the University of Edinburgh working to understand the causes and consequences of tundra vegetation change. They work at focal research sites in the Yukon Territory in Northern Canada in collaboration with government agencies, local people, and researchers from Canadian universities. 

There is strong evidence that tundra ecosystems are responding to a warming climate and that the resulting vegetation change could create climate feedbacks affecting the planet as a whole.

To find out more about Dr. Myers-Smith's research, check out her blog.

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