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Interactive maps show decades of climate change effects in Nunavut communities in Canada by Mélanie Ritchot December 21,2020   |  Source: Nunatsiaq News

Want to see how quickly Canada’s Arctic coastline is warming? There’s a map for that.

The United Nations Environment Programme recently released an expansive study that collates 70 years’ worth of data on the region. Instead of a dense report, it’s presented in interactive videos and maps.

“Someone living in Pond Inlet can actually go to Pond Inlet (on the map) and they can see how fast Pond Inlet is warming compared to other sites,” said Scott Dallimore, research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada, and lead researcher on the study.

“You won’t find that anywhere else.”

Over the past 30 to 50 years, Arctic coastal areas have warmed two to four times faster than the rest of the world, on average, said Dallimore.

For example, Eureka, a research base on Nunavut’s Ellesmere Island, has warmed about 4 C, compared to the global average of 1 C over the same time period.

Pond Inlet warmed by about 2.5 C and Iqaluit warmed by about 2 C .

The study, which was released on Oct. 13, notes these findings align with observations by Arctic peoples who have noticed later freeze-up of the land and ocean and earlier breakup of river, lake and sea ice.

The project includes a crowdsourced map for northerners to add their own

 

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