Queen’s University Researchers to Study Arctic Sustainability

Published on: 2011/09/15 - in Releases

Three Queen’s researchers are to play an integral role in a leading-edge $4-million Arctic research project, Arctic Development and Adaptation to Permafrost in Transition (ADAPT). Their research helps generate sustainable development and adaptation strategies for the North.

“This is a very exciting and important announcement,” says Scott Lamoureux (pictured), a professor in the Department of Geography who specializes in climate variability and the effect on landscapes. “The funding provided for the ADAPT Project is the first of its kind and is the only funding that will be awarded in a very competitive process.”

Rapid environmental change affects not only landscapes, water and wildlife, but also has repercussions for the northern communities and industries that depend on these resources.

Dr. Lamoureux and fellow Queen’s researchers Paul Grogan (Biology) and Melissa LaFreniere (Geography) are part of the multi-institutional, cross-disciplinary ADAPT research team that will study the implications for Canada and the North of rapid environmental change, including thawing permafrost and changing snowfall. The ADAPT Project will use research sites spread out over a vast area of northern Canada, including sites in the Yukon, Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, both shores of Hudson’s Bay, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut.

ADAPT is the first project funded by a Discovery Frontiers grant offered as part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Frontiers initiative. This initiative addresses national research priorities and global challenges by supporting a small number of major new transformative and integrative activities.

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Release source: Queen’s University News Centre