Canada’s Glac­i­ers: Hotbeds of Science

Ipresentations - glacier science  - Copyn the very first years of the 20th cen­tury, mem­bers of the Vaux fam­ily, Quak­ers from Philadel­phia who nur­tured a keen inter­est in sci­ence, metic­u­lously mea­sured and mon­i­tored the Ille­cille­waet Glac­ier in Glac­ier National Park on their annual vaca­tions. Today, as the Earth’s cli­mate is chang­ing and glac­i­ers are rapidly shrink­ing, the base­line infor­ma­tion they recorded is more valu­able than ever. Through­out the decades since, gen­er­a­tions of sci­en­tists wield­ing state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy con­tinue to explore, study and inter­pret data gained from the glac­i­ers that sprawl across the high alpine of Canada’s north­ern and west­ern moun­tains, which ulti­mately feed our rivers and oceans.  

Snow­shoe­ing up steep moun­tain­sides, ford­ing tur­bu­lent run-off creeks and endur­ing howl­ing winds, Lynn Mar­tel has accom­pa­nied many of these sci­en­tists on mis­sions to install equip­ment and col­lect infor­ma­tion at research sites in remote and inhos­pitable cor­ners of the Rock­ies and Selkirks. Learn about the chal­lenges, the rewards and the dis­cov­er­ies that inspire the world’s top sci­en­tists to study Canada’s icefields.