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Winnipeg Free Press - UofM Scientists take Arctic's Pulse

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.

University of Manitoba to unveil Arctic research facility

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.

The Arctic in a pool: Simulator grows sea ice for research

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.

SERF in motion: International sea-ice experiment launched on UofM campus

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.