Global warming provides some of the most dynamic backdrops for climate change scientists at work today. This is especially true for Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) researchers who are on the leading edge, looking to gain a greater understanding of the unsettling effects of climate change.
Permafrost scientists Stephen Wolfe and Peter Morse travelled to the western Canadian arctic to observe permafrost conditions along the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway. The highway must be constantly maintained to ensure safe driving conditions over the permafrost. Stephen explains the type of geological studies he and Peter conducted to better understand permafrost conditions.
Research scientist Joost Van der Sanden explains how his team is developing a method to map the thickness of lake ice cover from space by analyzing a combination of radar satellite imagery and fieldwork data. Information on lake ice thickness supports the operation of seasonal roads that facilitate valuable land transport to isolated Canadian sites (e.g., communities, mines) and can be used as an indicator of climate change.
During a two-icebreaker expedition to the Arctic, our experts collected rocks from the ocean floor. The scientific knowledge obtained from these rocks could allow us to broaden our understanding and extend Canada’s sovereign limit.
Scientists and engineers at Natural Resources Canada are working with northern remote communities to reduce their reliance on diesel and integrate solar and wind energy into their energy mix.