#30 Service Road 2 S.W., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
The Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF) is the first experimental sea-ice facility in Canada. Located on the campus of the University of Manitoba, the main feature of the SERF facility is an outdoor seawater pool (60 feet long, 30 feet wide and 8 feet deep). It is equipped with a movable roof to control snow cover and ice growth, and various sensors and instruments to allow real-time monitoring. Along with the main pool, the facility has two oil research tubs. The SERF facility also includes a trailer laboratory and a storage building.
Along with the concurrent field studies onboard the Canadian Research Icebreaker Amundsen in the Arctic Ocean, and other campaigns of the Arctic Science Partnership, experimental studies at SERF will improve our ability to predict the impact of the rapid sea-ice loss on the marine ecosystem, on Arctic and global climates, on transport and biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases and contaminants, and on the human use of sea ice.
Dr. Fei Wang, Dr. David Barber, Dr. Tim Papakyriakou, and Dr. Søren Rysgaard , Dr. Gary Stern, Dr. Dustin IsLeifson.
NSERC, Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund, Canada Excellence Research Chair program, ArcticNet, University of Manitoba.
For additional information, contact:
Dr. Feiyue Wang
Dave Binne – SERF Technician
Open water just before freeze-up. Credit: Sarah Wang.
Geophysical and biogeochemical processes of frost flowers and young ice. Credit: Fei Wang.
Pancake ice formed during 2013 campaign. Credit: Fei Wang.
Microwave scattering from artificial sea ice pressure ridges. Credit: Megan Shields.
Collecting young ice samples. Credit: Lucette Barber.
Frost flowers grown at SERF. Credit: Fei Wang.
Collecting ice cores from SERF. Credit: Fei Wang.
Carbon flux work at SERF. Credit: Lucette Barber.
Separate 3-m diameter by 1-m deep insulated fiberglass tank used for oil and ice studies. Credit: Nariman Firoozy.