$28 million investment by Climate Foundation strengthens Canada's capacity in Polar and cold climate research

    OTTAWA, March 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Foundation for Climate and
Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) today confirmed a $28 million investment to
stimulate cutting-edge research on Canada's Polar Regions, alpine glaciers and
snowpack. The funds support 36 university-based research projects and
partnerships. The CFCAS investment will enhance Canada's involvement in, and
contributions to, International Polar Year - the largest ever international
program of scientific research focused on the earth's Polar Regions.
    The Foundation has formally recognized the strategic importance of polar
and cold regions research to Canada and to federal policy development. Major
initiatives funded by CFCAS include research on:

    - winter storms in the Iqaluit area, to help improve the safety of
      northern communities;
    - pollution transport from the south and its impact on the northern
      environment and on air quality; research on Arctic ozone and on mercury
      in the Arctic;
    - rapid climate change in high latitudes as well as land and sea ice
      stability in the Arctic;
    - climate variability through the ages and what it tells us to expect in
      the future;
    - the influence of tropical oceans on Arctic climate;
    - the melting of glaciers in the mountains of British Columbia and
      Alberta and its implications for regional water supply;
    - key climate processes in the northern territories and Rocky Mountains
      and their impact on water resources and surface weather.

    These and other initiatives will help improve forecasts of hazardous
weather and projections of future climate. They will also enhance the health
and safety of northern communities by providing the knowledge and tools for
improved environmental management, and for stewardship of water resources in
the face of changing climatic and economic conditions. Finally, they will help
in the development of strategies to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    CFCAS is an autonomous foundation established in 2000 to support
university-based research on weather and climate. It enhances Canada's
scientific capacity by funding the generation of knowledge in areas of extreme
weather, air quality, climate and weather prediction, and the marine
environment. CFCAS has now invested $109 million of its federal endowment of
$110 million in research to support federal priorities and policy needs,
advance knowledge and train new scientists.

For further information:

For further information: Dawn Conway, Executive Director, CFCAS, (613)
238-2223, ext. 202; conway@cfcas.org

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