Polar Week 5: Science and community – connecting the dots

GUEST POST by Samantha Darling APECS member and Coordinator for First Nations Initiatives, Yukon College As an academic researcher, it can be easy to get caught up in the politics, numbers and deadlines that make up a typical academic setting. In doing so, there is the ongoing danger of forgetting to make the results of […]

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Polar Week 4: Antarctica – Early explorers, terrestrial magnetism and investigating climate change

GUEST POST by Carol Devine APECS member and co-author of The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning Antarctica, like the Arctic, is a harbinger. It holds the majority of the world’s water and ice, and is crucial to the global ecosystem. People first began exploring this ‘last continent’ at the turn of the 20th century, […]

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Polar Week 2: Arctic zooplankton and climate change

GUEST POST by Jordan Grigor and Moritz Schmid Oceanography PhD students, Laval University Greenhouse gas-related atmospheric warming has led to an increase in average global temperatures of about 0.85°C between 1880 and 2012 (IPCC 2013). This increase is not evenly distributed: the Arctic is warming much faster than the temperate oceans. The most pessimistic predictions […]

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Polar Week 1: Why do science at the poles?

GUEST POST by Katriina O’Kane, Jordan Grigor and Jennifer Provencher Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Last summer, it cost more than $6,000 to travel to the Polar Continental Shelf Program’s Resolute base on Cornwallis Island, Nunavut: the largest research facility in the Canadian high Arctic. That was just the flight – add on […]

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