A research team is being rewarded for its efforts for their work on the impacts of climate change in Canada's Far North. Funding for ArcticNet was renewed at a level of $32,475,000 over five years. This extension will provide an opportunity for the Network to develop beyond the Networks of Centres of Excellence program and morph into a perennial pan-Canadian research powerhouse that will match the research effort of any other nation in the Arctic.
Since 2004, ArcticNet has brought together Canada’s best expertise in the natural, social, and health sciences to bring Canada as the leader in Arctic research. With the help of Inuit, private sector and public sector partners, the Network has mobilized scientific and local knowledge to inform adaptation to climate change and modernization in the North.
‘’Over the next 5 years, ArcticNet will focus on two major research axes: informing the sustainable development of the Canadian Arctic Blue Economy (shipping, fisheries, tourism, and mining), and building postsecondary research and training capacity through our new North-by-North initiative,” said Professor Jackie Dawson, ArcticNet’s scientific co-director at the University of Ottawa.
Recent scientific research paints a picture of stagnating economic and social development in the Canadian North, and as they move towards self-governance, Northern communities face critical health, education and economic challenges.
Named University of Ottawa Young Researcher in 2017, Jackie Dawson has been interested in the impact of global warming on the Arctic for several years. For the past ten years, this associate professor in the Department of Geography at the Faculty of Arts and member of the Institute for Research on Science, Society and Public Policy has been working with Inuit communities to conduct research on the social impacts of melting sea ice, increasing maritime traffic and economic development.
uOttawa landing page picture courtesy of Doug Barber - ArcticNet
University of Ottawa