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Growing Canada’s leadership in Arctic freshwater monitoring

December 15, 2016

CRI scientists are leading the first-ever assessment of biodiversity in Arctic rivers and lakes in the face of rapidly changing climate. The research is helping to identify trends that are especially important to Indigenous people who rely on subsistence fisheries and where changes in permafrost has huge implications for the management of local infrastructure.  The research includes the development of the Artic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan which implements tools and methods critical to better understanding and communicating the importance and value of Arctic freshwater biodiversity and the changes it is undergoing. CRI hosts the co-chair and the secretariat to this collaboration of international experts representing 10 circumpolar countries and in partnership with scientists, governments, industries and First Nations, Métis and Inuit organizations.

Contacts
Dr. Joseph Culp, Science Director, Canadian Rivers Institute, Senior Research Scientist Environment and Climate Change Canada and Research Professor, UNB

Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, Science Director, Canadian Rivers Institute, Provost and Vice-President: Academic and Professor of Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University