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Large Canadian Arctic climate change study cancelled due to climate change

Hazardous ice conditions off Newfoundland mean the CCGS Amundsen shown here on a previous journey through ice-clogged Arctic waters has spent time assisting in search and rescue activities and ice escorts Large Canadian Arctic climate change study cancelled due to climate change
Montez Delgado | 14 Junio, 2017, 18:16

"Large Canadian Arctic climate change study cancelled due to climate change", read the headline on a joint news release issued by the Amundsen, Arctic Net-the research consortium that oversees research on board the Amundsen-and the University of Manitoba.

The ice caused significant safety concerns and delayed the Hudson Bay System Study (BaySys) enough that research objectives would not be met.

The $17 million, 4-year project was due to start the first leg of its study at the end of May, with a 133-day journey across Canada's Hudson Bay.

Barber said warming temperatures have made the ice in the high Arctic thinner.

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Instead of cruising north with a team of scientists, the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen has been busy freeing fishing boats and helping other ships surrounded in ice that usually doesn't travel so far south at this time of year. Warming temperatures have reduced both the extent and thickness of the ice and increased its mobility.

Oh the irony. A scientific expedition examining the effects of climate change has been cancelled because of. climate change. However, the ice conditions in the two regions were more severe than expected.

"Considering the severe ice conditions and the increasing demand for Search And Rescue operations and ice escort, we made a decision to cancel the BaySys mission", Barber said in the release. "A second week of delay meant our research objectives just could not be safely achieved".

In addition to being unsafe, the extreme ice conditions would have delayed the ship and made the scientists too late to meet the research objectives at their study site. "A second week of delay meant our research objectives just could not be safely achieved - the challenge for us all was that the marine ice hazards were exceedingly hard for the maritime industry, the CCG, and science", says Dr. David Barber, Expedition Chief Scientist and BaySys Scientific Lead.

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"It was just extreme ice conditions that required everything that we've got in order to make sure we were able to provide the services", Julie Gascon, the coast guard's assistant commissioner for the central and Arctic region, told CBC News. "This is climate change fully in action - affecting our ability to make use of marine resources and transport things". "We never had any issues in the past of this nature".

While fulfilling their safety operations, the scientists took samples and analyzed the ice, according to CBC.

"This is the first time we've actually seen ice from the High Arctic", Barber told CBC. Dense ice - up to 8 metres (25ft) thick - had filled the waters off the northern coast of Newfoundland, trapping fishing boats and ferries.

Barber, a University of Manitoba Arctic ice expert, said the heavy icebreaker helped rescue stranded fisherman and carved a path for tankers carrying diesel fuel to remote communities. "It comes south. We're simply ill-prepared".

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