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On this page you’ll find information about climate change, what University of Alberta scientists are working on in this area, and the effect their work has.
Climate change refers to changes in regional and global weather patterns that negatively impact ecosystems as the effects persist over long periods of time. Although global warming is one of the major indicators of our planet changing, there are other signals as well, such as:
Read some of the news stories about UAlberta scientists and their research as it relates to climate change.
$3.2 million in new funding accelerates research on capturing CO2 in waste from Canadian mines.
June 18, 2019
International group of microbiologists cautions against dangers of leaving microbes out of the climate change equation.
March 14, 2019
UAlberta glaciologists capture iceberg calving events in the Belcher Glacier on the Devon Island Ice Cap in Nunavut.
September 19, 2018
New research from UAlberta ecologists shows mineral weathering can be a significant contributor to Arctic climate change.
June 28, 2018
UAlberta researchers issues call for assistance in developing natural slug repellent
June 19, 2018
Study provides new hope and insight into how polar bears may be responding to changing environments through evolution.
April 26, 2018
Understanding implications of extreme behavioral changes of ice masses in Western Canada.
April 6, 2018
An interdisciplinary team of scientists explores Lake Hazen’s rapid response to climate change.
March 26, 2018
Model by UAlberta biologists predicts big changes due to climate change and wildfire.
March 16, 2018
Canadian-led environmental monitoring ranked fourth globally for Santa Rosa National Park supersite.
The Canadian Ice Core Archive finds a home at UAlberta
Ice cores are one of the longest surviving natural records of climate change and the Faculty of Science has the honour of hosting the Canadian Ice Core Archive (CICA) on campus.
Find out more about the archive and its importance to climate change science in the above video, and you can check out even more videos on the archives by clicking the button below.
More Canadian Ice Core Archive Videos
Biological sciences alumna, Isha Datar, reimagines the future of meat "from petri dish to protein" with cellular agriculture and lab-grown meat products.
Suzanne Tank and her research team study dissolved organic carbon samples from the Mackenzie River basin to uncover links to the accelerating permafrost melt in the North.
Climate change affects a variety of systems on Earth, and as such, to find the solutions to handling those effects requires an interdisciplinary approach from many different scientists.
Have a look at some of the research areas UAlberta scientists are working on to help enhance our understanding of climate change.
Andrew Derocher's Research Focus: ecology, conservation, and management of large Arctic mammals like polar bears
Brian Lanoil's Research Focus: microbiology of icy arctic environments, and microbiology of reclamation of energy extraction impacted systems (reclamation genomics)
Jeff Birchall's Research Focus: local scale climate change impacts, local government climate change policy, and urban community climate resilience and adaptation
Long Li's Research Focus: stable isotope geochemistry, paleoclimate and paleoenvironment, subduction zone processes (metamorphism and volcanology), and astrobiology
Rolfe Vinebrooke's Research Focus: cumulative impacts of multiple environmental stressors (climate change, acidic nitrogen deposition, stratospheric ozone depletion, increased ultraviolet-B radiation, and invasive species)on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in mountain, boreal, and arctic lakes
Suzanne Tank's Research Focus: understanding the current and future functioning of aquatic ecosystems and understanding connections between ecology, biogeochemistry, and processes occurring across the land-freshwater-ocean continuum
Vincent St. Louis's Research Focus: understanding the biogeochemical cycling of elements in the environment and the human disruptions to these cycles; examining environmental impacts of acid rain, reservoir creation, and mercury emissions; and examining methyl mercury concentrations in high- and sub-Arctic marine animals and freshwater fishes
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The University of Alberta partnered with Coursera to deliver Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to further the education of students and global citizens around the world. Some courses can count towards completing certain UAlberta degrees.
Learn things like why the Arctic is cold and covered in ice and how that affects the global climate and ecosystems, and examine present day climate change and its evidence in the Arctic in this four-week course.
Enroll in the Arctic MOOC and dive into a unique learning experience focused on the environment and climate of the circumpolar North.
The Faculty of Science boasts many award-winning faculty, students, and alumni. Read about some of them in the stories below.
Are you interested in studying climate change?
Find out how you can start your academic career by exploring the many departments Faculty of Science.
Are you interested in graduate studies involving climate change?
Check out the Faculty of Science Graduate Studies page for more information about the grad programs we offer, admission requirements, important deadlines, and more.
As a research institution, the University of Alberta houses many facilities to help enhance the education of our students. Check out all of the resources related to the study of Earth's climate we have to offer in the links below.
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