Climate Change Prevents Study of Arctic Climate Change
In an ironic and depressing run a research expedition on the much anticipated climate change in the Arctic has been canceled … due to climate change.
This week, the research team of the Canadian research to break the ice, CCGS Amundsen, announced the cancellation of the first stage of its 2017 expedition. The icebreaker was heading for the Belle Isle Strait and the northeast coast of Newfoundland, but This stage of the trip was considered too dangerous due to unusually severe ice conditions. Warm temperatures in the Arctic have caused the ice sheet to decline to become more mobile, said David Barber, leader of the scientific expedition. This dangerous ice movement would delay not only the ship’s ability to carry out the investigation, but could also pose serious safety concerns, according to the research team. [The reality of climate change: 10 myths interrupted]
In an interview with The Guardian, Barbero noted the irony of the cancellation.
“We do a large-scale study on climate change and before we even could go there, climate change conspires to force us to cancel this study,” Barber told the newspaper.
The four-year, $ 17 million project is to monitor and understand how climate change affects coastal marine and Arctic ecosystems. Gathering 40 scientists from five universities in Canada and led by the University of Manitoba, CCGS Amundsen is still waiting for the rest of the 2017 expedition, which resumes in July.
Conditions in the Arctic show that climate change is something that the planet is facing, is not a problem for the future, according to the CCGS Amundsen team.