Friday, March 02, 2012

Late night



Who knew a video of an Arctic research station, the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) in Eureka, Nunavut, could be so oddly compelling. Maybe it's the music. Maybe it's the circumstances where a key Canadian scientific research asset in the Arctic is denied the $1.5 million it needs to sustain its operation and will have to shut down.
That is largely due to the discontinuation of government funding to the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, which had been covering three-quarters of the station's costs, and the end to the International Polar Year program.

Drummond said the network has since applied for various government funding programs and has been turned down for all of them, despite the government's frequent assertion that the Arctic is a priority for Canada.
Matthias Schneider, a German researcher who leads a global network that uses data from around the world to understand atmospheric water cycle and its role in climate, said PEARL's closure will eliminate a "unique set" of High Arctic measurements "essential" to the global effort.

University of Toronto researcher Kimberly Strong said the end to those and other measurements come "just as our need for high-quality data in the changing Arctic is becoming ever more important."
It's scientifically valued. It's not expensive to run. Climate change is real. Should be a no-brainer. Yet Canada does not have $1.5 million for this institution.

See also:
Save PEARL
Climate Progress
Liberal environment critic Kirsty Duncan's statement
Bob McDonald: "When PEARL closes, one third of the data from the High Arctic will be gone, making the climate models less precise."