2011-05-18 02:52:49Striking ecological impact on Canada’s Arctic coastline linked to global climate change
John Hartz
John Hartz

Scientists from Queen’s and Carleton universities head a national multidisciplinary research team that has uncovered startling new evidence of the destructive impact of global climate change on North America’s largest Arctic delta.

“One of the most ominous threats of global warming today is from rising sea levels, which can cause marine waters to inundate the land,” says the team’s co-leader, Queen’s graduate student Joshua Thienpont. “The threat is especially acute in polar regions, where shrinking sea ice increases the risk of storm surges.”

By studying growth rings from coastal shrubs and lake sediments in the Mackenzie Delta region of the Northwest Territories – the scene of a widespread and ecologically destructive storm surge in 1999 – the researchers have discovered that the impact of these salt-water surges is unprecedented in the 1,000-year history of the lake.

The above are the first three paragraphs of a news release (May 16) posted on the Queen's University webiste.


2011-05-18 06:37:31


This is worth a brief write-up.

2011-05-18 06:48:04


Perhaps a post on this could wait to the full SWIPA report is published? A series based on this report would be a good idea. I've been looking for the final report for a week or so, but it's not public yet.


Swipa part 1

Swipa part 2

The report should be available in short time to my understanding.