Shrinking sea ice, retreating glaciers, a tree line migrating further north, and less snow that also melts earlier—what do these climate-related changes mean for the Arctic, and for all of us?
“The Arctic fever…lives only in the mind, filling its victim with a consuming urge to wander again, and forever, through these mighty spaces where the caribou herds flow like living rivers over the roll of the tundra,” wrote Canadian author Farley Mowat. But this captivating landscape may cease to exist, and this is your chance both to experience its wonders and to help researchers understand how we might protect it.
You’ll measure evidence of global warming in the majestic Mackenzie Mountains, a range that forms part of the border between Canada’s Northwest Territories and the Yukon and is on the front line of climate change. Among stunning wildlife, including one of the world’s largest herds of mountain caribou, you’ll help take soil and permafrost samples, monitor the health of the tree line, and record information on native plant species. By helping researchers learn all they can about this fragile environment now, you’ll help preserve it for the future.