Science & Tech
New CFI-funded archive facility will push boundaries of climate change understanding.
Preserving fragile records of past life to inform future human activity just got exponentially easier.
Thanks to a $1.6-million funding infusion provided via the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the University of Alberta will become home to the new Permafrost Archives Science Laboratory, the first of its kind in North America.
“This is an attempt to capture the richness of what we can learn from permafrost while dealing with the potential impacts of thaw and changes in the north,” said Duane Froese, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and lead on the new initiative. “Changes to permafrost as a result of increasing ground temperature are likely to become a defining issue for Canada over the next few decades.”
Froese explained that while permafrost is technically defined as ground with temperature b...Read more from this release