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Does a global pandemic signal the need for adjusted approaches to Arctic research?

By Mark Mallory      

For some research programs, hindsight will show that better engagement with Arctic communities to develop truly collaborative research will help minimize the impacts of these types of years.

Currently, Nunavut remains the only jurisdiction in Canada where COVID-19 has not reached. So, a southern scientific team coming north to conduct research could introduce the virus, which would have devastating consequences, writes Mark Mallory. Photograph courtesy of Mark Mallory

I must admit, it’s not the sort of thing I ever really considered. I’ve been an environmental scientist working in Arctic Canada for 20 years. Much of my lab’s research takes place in Nunavut, at some of the most remote, picturesque, and harsh locations imaginable. We work collaboratively with federal departments and northern communities to undertake research and monitoring that fulfills obligations from international agreements (e.g., Minamata and Stockholm Conventions, Kyoto Protocol) or national legislation (e.g., Species At Risk Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act). While every year Arctic research comes with enormous challenges (logistics, finances, safety, permits, consultations, weather), you do not consider the possibility that even with money, equipment, and permits in hand, the field season will be a “no go.”

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