Climate Change Dream Team

University of Manitoba researchers have, for years, been at the forefront of Arctic climate change investigations. With $35 million in new funding to explore the far North on a microscopic level, they are now considered the world authority on sea ice research.

The university was recently recognized with the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change. New recruit Søren Rysgaard, a renowned geomicrobiologist from Greenland, will lead a team of more than 100 researchers from the university’s Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources.

The centre’s director, David Barber, who works closely with the Laval University-based ArcticNet research network, currently leads the groundbreaking Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study. He revealed that sea ice is disappearing at a much faster rate than anyone thought.

Together, the expanded CEOS team will spend the next seven years uncovering the mysteries of climate change hidden deep within the Arctic ice. The CERC will also allow professors and students to go back and forth to the Greenland Climate Research Centre, where Rysgaard remains director.