Celebrated Arctic scientists at the University of Manitoba will likely be the ones who announce the bad news if climate change finally dooms the planet. They have the science, knowledge and equipment to get up close and personal with the tiniest elements within Arctic sea ice. The U of M officially opened the Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility on Monday.
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The University of Manitoba officially opened its new $8-million Arctic research facility on March 18. The Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility is named after Cournoyea, the first female premier of a Canadian territory, who attended the March 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony in Winnipeg.
The University of Manitoba will celebrate the grand opening of the Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility on March 18, 2013. The state-of-the-art facility, funded in part by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, was built in recognition of the university’s world-renowned and expanding Arctic research program.
As seen from space, the Arctic ice cap looks and acts like a giant amoeba splayed across the top of the world. It heaves and twists, reaches outward, then shrinks back.
This winter, flowers bloomed in the northern Canadian city of Winnipeg. But not the verdant blooms that might come to mind; these were frost flowers. The University of Manitoba opened a sea ice simulator last year to see how ice forms on the open water of the frigid poles, and how it affects the local climate and plant life. The $1.5 million Canadian ($1.46 million USD) Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility's 30-foot-long (9 meters) pool — the centerpiece of the project — is where the researchers sprinkle salt, water and environmental contaminants, then watch how the sea ice grows.
The team of researchers at the Sea-Ice Environmental Research Facility relies on Winnipeg's harsh weather to conduct research on climate change.
January 10th marked the beginning of a three-week-long experiment at the Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF) on the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus.
The project is an international collaboration between U of M researchers and researchers from as far afield as Denmark and Germany to simulate Arctic sea-ice formation in an outdoor laboratory setting at the SERF.