Without funding, Canadian climate science is in peril

Most informed people agree that climate change is a reality, and that the pace of change is being accelerated by human activities. Canadian research is making important contributions to the body of knowledge in the area.

The $35-million Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) program is the main conduit for federal money allocated to atmospheric research in Canadian universities. Funding for CCAR was not included in the current federal budget and will run out this year with no additional funding identified.

The authors comprise the National Executive of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). Paul J. Kushner, is a professor in the Department of Physics, University of Toronto, principal investigator of the Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution Network (CanSISE) and vice-president of CMOS. Wayne Richardson is president of CMOS. Martin Taillefer is president of Maritime Way Scientific and past president of CMOS.

A crisis is looming for Canadian climate research on scientific issues of critical relevance to Canadians, as The Globe reported in June.

With anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases driving rapid global warming, Arctic sea ice loss and permafrost retreat, climate change is set to affect Canadians in myriad ways. But to understand just how much change Canadians are going to see, and how we can best adapt to these changes, up-to-date scientific research and information are urgently needed.

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(source The Globe and Mail)