The research reported here was conducted by:

Michael Smith, Kerri Henry and Dan Riseborough 
Geocryology Research Laboratory
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The research reported and utilized here was supported through contributions from the Climate Change Action Fund, Carleton University, NSERC (through a graduate scholarship to K.H.) and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (through a graduate research fellowship to D.R.). 

The Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF) 

This was established by the federal government to help Canada meet the commitments it made in December 1997 at the Third Conference of the Parties (COP3), an international climate change meeting, in Kyoto, Japan. The CCAF was announced in the 1998 federal budget, where $150 million was allocated over three years to support the development of an implementation strategy to meet these commitments and to facilitate early action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Activities under the CCAF have been divided into four components. The project reported here falls within:

Science, Impacts and Adaptation

Targeted research to better understand climate processes and to assess the impact of climate change on the regions of Canada and the options for adaptation.

The work of the Science, Impacts and Adaptation component of Action Fund is focusing on:

Within this is a special component on:

Preparing for Global Warming in Arctic Canada

Monitor the consequences of global warming on Canada's cryosphere; glaciers and ice caps, sea ice, lake ice, snow and permafrost.

Identify, within a circumpolar context, short and long term research gaps that inhibit our abilities to reduce uncertainties of climate change prediction and thus assess potential impacts in the Arctic.

Provide a scientific base for examining infrastructure and policy adaptations required to address impending social, economic and resource issues.

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