Ottawa, June 17: Climate change is real. Climate Change is a fact. A team of scientists from the University of Manitoba were in the middle of the first leg of a four-year study named BaySys which will examine how climate change is affecting the areas around the Hudson Bay. The students could not reach their destination in Arctic because of the hazardous sea ice travelling farther south which can create huge problems to their voyage.
"Considering the severe ice conditions and the increasing demand for search and rescue operations and ice escort, we decided to cancel the BaySys mission," said Dr. David Barber, expedition chief scientist and BaySys scientific lead. "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 difficult for the maritime industry, the (Canadian Coast Guard) and science."
Barber and his team confirmed that most of the ice that broke was indeed from Arctic. Climate-related changes in Arctic sea ice not only reduces its extent and thickness but also increases its mobility meaning that ice conditions are likely to become more variable and severe conditions such as these will occur more often.
However, the study’s second leg is to take off early next month.