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Available Expert - Environment Canada cuts climate measurements at Alert research station in high arctic

Monday, October 23, 2017

Queen's University climate change expert John Smol is available to comment on Environment Canada’s scaling back of atmospheric, snow, and ice measurements at the country’s northernmost weather and research station in Alert, Nunavut.

“The High Arctic is on the front line of climate and environmental change.  Now is the time to be increasing staffing and resources in these vulnerable areas, not reducing our ability to gather data,” says Dr. Smol.

The cutbacks, blamed on high staff turnover, will cause significant holes in data that has been collected at the Alert station for nearly a century, affecting scientists around the world who use data from the site to inform their research.

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