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Globe & Mail: Arctic researchers propose plan to monitor Baffin Bay

February 16, 2016 — 

As Ivan Semeniuk at the Globe and Mail reports:

A group of leading Arctic researchers is putting forward a plan to conduct extensive monitoring of Baffin Bay, a rich marine environment that is rapidly being transformed by melting sea ice and glaciers….

The potential effects extend well beyond Baffin Bay.

“There is an urgent need to increase our understanding of how changes in the Arctic affect the North Atlantic,” said Soren Rysgaard, who holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic geomicrobiology and climate change, based at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Rysgaard, who divides his time between Canada and Denmark, said that there is support for the project from the Greenland/Denmark side of Baffin Bay and interest from other countries in cross-border issues such as climate change, pollution, oil spills and fisheries.

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