A major part of a study by Manitoba University on climate change has ironically been cancelled due to climate change. The scientists confirm that the second part of the study is still due to take place next month, and has not been cancelled.

The Study

A major part of a Canadian climate change study by researchers at the University of Manitoba has ironically been cancelled due to climate change. The $17 million study was supposed to measure the impact of climate change on sea ice at the Hudson Bay, an area in Northeast Canada. The study is a collaboration between 40 scientists from five different institutions and was meant to provide information for the coast guard and marine industries in the area, for what lies ahead as climate change ensues.

However, researchers were forced to cancel the first part of the planned expedition due to climate change-induced ice conditions. Warmer arctic temperatures have cause massive ice chunks to travel further south than usual. The ice blocked the path the researchers were supposed to take. This meant that the “Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen” the scientists were taking could no longer take that route. The sea ice in that location is usually thinner than other areas, which is why the specific location was chosen.

Researchers On the Cancellation

The chief scientist of the expedition, David Barber, said: “Considering the severe ice conditions and the increasing demand for search and rescue operations and ice escort, we decided to cancel the BaySys mission.”

“A second week of delay meant our research objectives just could not be safely achieved. The challenge for us all was that the marine ice hazards were exceedingly difficult for the maritime industry, the (Canadian Coast Guard) and science.”

He continued to say: “Climate-related changes in Arctic sea ice not only reduce its extent and thickness but also increase its mobility meaning that ice conditions are likely to become more variable and severe conditions such as these will occur more often.”

Another researcher on the team, Dr Louis Fortier, said that even though this part of the study has been cancelled, the rest of the study is still due in a month and has not been cancelled.

All the scientists have used this incident to indicate that climate change is already having an impact on communities in south Canada, not just in the very northern parts of Canada.


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