High Arctic Research Station group
A decade after it was promised, the new High Arctic Research Station of Canada giving scientists access to a part of ice and tundra and is full.
“We are trying to think of a long-term, systematic, multi-disciplinary perspective of this portion of the Earth, which is really understudied,” said David Scott, president of Polar Knowledge Canada, which operates the new channel in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
A line item in the 2007 budget, the channel was a centrepiece of the Arctic plan of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The channel was to give a home base in a component of the North lacking in infrastructure to researchers.
Although work will continue on the primary building for a month or two, the center is “largely operational,” said Scott.
Researchers working and are living on the website.
It’s the fourth field season of the station. The channel reserved 900 nights worth of lodging for international and Canadian scientists this past year.
“The need is growing,” Scott said.
The station was built for a cost of roughly $250-million. It will cost $26.5-million annually to operate.
It will have an animal laboratory that contains a crane for lifting carcasses onto tables. A laboratory that was cold can be chilled to –10 C for studying ice and snow. A lab that is clean enables samples to be studied by scientists from external sources without contamination.
It will provide rock, digital imaging and a workshop. A stock of small boats vehicles, bikes, tents, camping gear and satellite phones will be available.
However, it is not all about the scientists. The station was constructed in the center of Cambridge Bay for a reason.
“Half of the physical footprint of the building is public space,” explained Scott. “We have got objectives here to perform knowledge sharing and business incubation and educational programming for children.”
That’s not an add-on, ” he said. Being part of this community will be essential to work.
“To us, this is part of world-class since it enables us to get that traditional knowledge aspect. It takes us to develop trusting relationships, identify the ideal knowledge holders and get them involved from the beginning.”
Northerners will be benefited by A lot of the science.
1 project seeks to map sea ice is currently changing with a view to advising people on travel routes that are safe. Another project is currently looking that the fish tastes differently than it used to.
The channel has joined Northern Research Operators’ Canadian Network, a group of Arctic research stations operated by universities, governments and foundations which stretches from Kluane and Inuvik from the west from the south to Eureka to Churchill .
That the Cambrige Bay station is working, Scott stated Polar Knowledge Canada is currently helping promote that community.
“(We are) bringing a bit more cohesion to this group to help them market themselves more internationally to the worldwide community that may bring some dollars. That entire network is a enormous potential for Canada that is somewhat underutilized.”
South Korea has signed an agreement with investigators to partner.
“We have got a quarter of the international Arctic, but Canada does not have sufficient capacity to study that Arctic. We always need to associate in.”
The center is expected to open in October, ” Scott said.
“We are super excited for the completion of building.”