Posts Tagged ‘Arctic Regions’

Professor Chris Burn in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and NSERC Northern Research Chair, is the recipient of the Permafrost and Periglacial Processes Prize for Excellence. The prize is awarded every four years (having been instituted in 2008) and is the only international award of its kind for excellence in geocryology. He will be presented with his award at the next European Permafrost Conference in Portugal in 2014.

Source: Carleton News


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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has honoured Carleton’s own Professor Christopher Burn for his contribution as vice-president of the society. He was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, given to outstanding Canadians who have contributed to Canada through their service and achievements.

Professor Burn has been a part of Carleton’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies since 1992. His research centers on the impact of climate change on permafrost terrain. He has been studying frozen ground for nearly 30 years and has an immense amount of experience conducting research in Canada’s north. For the past three decades, Burn has been dividing his time between central Yukon and the western Arctic. He holds the NSERC Northern Research Chair and is editor of a new book entitled, Herschel Island Qikiqtaryuk: A Natural and Culture History of Yukon’s Arctic Island. It will be released at the Internationl Polar Year Conference in Montreal on April 23, 2012.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians, 60,000 of whom will be recognized throughout 2012.

Congratulations Professor Burn!

Source: Carleton Newsroom

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 The search for sustainable energy and protection for the environment is an important theme in Canada’s North these days. In a recent interview on Canada A.M., Derek Mueller, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University advised that the Canadian ice shelves are melting in what he suggests is now an irreversible process, due to climate change.

This new and shocking environmental reality is causing a variety of responses from different regions. For example, the Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency recently announced funding for new research into long-term, clean energy initiatives in Yukon. Alternative energy projects such as geothermal, wind, hydro and solar are some of the ideas that will be explored. This type of energy is seen as being key to Yukon’s future, given the need for energy in growing sectors while balancing the need to protect the environment.

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Source: CAG Digest

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Professor Gita Laidler is the recipient of a SSHRC Standard Research Grant for 2011 – 2014.

Her project was developed in collaboration with community members and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association to explore the value of elder-youth land camps as a means of fostering inter-generational knowledge transfer and conceptualizing Inuit research methodologies.

Focusing on Inuit-caribou relationships in the context of changing northern lifestyles, this research will address concerns around:

i) northern educational policy implementation

ii) the lack of caribou research on King William Island

iii) community health and cultural implications of shifting Inuit-caribou relations; and, iv) culturally appropriate and respectful research and education relationships

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Source: DGES website

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Geography faculty Claudio Aporta, D.R. Fraser Taylor and Gita J. Laidler have teamed up to publish Geographies of Inuit sea ice use: introduction in spring issue of The Canadian Geographer 2011 55(1):1-5.

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As Dr. Suzuki turns 75 today, the cities of Ottawa and Vancouver are both declaring March 24, 2011 David Suzuki Day.

In their appreciative prononucements both Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson recognized David’s contributions as a science educator and broadcaster, the 52 books he’s written, and the important work done by the David Suzuki Foundation which David co-founded.

Here are links to some of his most famous books and videos that can be found in the library’s collection:

 The Big Picture; reflections on science, humanity and a quickly changing planet

From Naked Ape to Superspecies; humanity and the global eco-crisis

The Sacred Balance; rediscovering our place in nature

Arctic Mission

Lost in the Suburbs

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Carleton’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre is pleased to announce the official launch of the interactive online Inuit siku (sea ice) Atlas on Thursday, March 17.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7 p.m.
2nd Floor Lounge, Loeb Building, Carleton University

The Inuit siku Atlas was developed during nine years of collaboration among many researchers across four Nunavut communities. The atlas was created to respond to the desire of Inuit elders and hunters to share knowledge with Inuit youth, incorporate Inuit knowledge and northern content in the northern education system and share knowledge with scientists and the general public.

It will act as an online, interactive educational resource to share knowledge, stories, maps, language and lessons to enable northern students, and the general public, to explore and learn about various sea ice topics from Inuit perspectives.

The Siku Atlas is one way Carleton is communicating results of the Inuit Sea Ice Use and Occupancy  Project (ISIUOP). The International Polar Year project was led by Dr. Claudio Aporta and was made possible with collaboration of many northern, academic, government and private-industry contributors.


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