By Patrick Jardine, new science communicator Northern field work 2:00 p.m. on March 9th, 2021: I was finishing sampling snow density along a mine access roadside in the central Yukon with my co-worker, Jen, when I heard branches breaking deep within the forest beside me. It was a balmy –15 °C out — a significant […]
The changing landscape of permafrost data
By Nick Brown, new science communicator As permafrost research heats up, national and territorial geological surveys are digging up old data to help answer new questions about Canada’s cold regions. The need for permafrost data in Canada Permafrost – ground that is colder than 0°C for at least two years – is changing as Earth’s […]
Why frozen mud is a technical challenge for climate scientists
By Charles Gauthier, new science communicator “So, it’s frozen mud?” my roommate asks when I try to explain my research topic to him. Since starting his own research in quantum physics, he has mastered the art of simple idioms. Perks of the trade, I suppose. This frozen mud, however, covers half of Canada’s land mass. […]
Zombies and miracles: What lingers below the frozen surface of the warming Arctic?
Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences editor What mysterious critters and creatures are lying dormant, frozen beneath the Arctic’s surface, and what will emerge as a result of thawing permafrost and melting ice in a globally changing climate? Recently, pop culture has taken notice of the threat of ancient diseases in the age of […]