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TitleEnvironmental response to climate change in the Canadian High Arctic
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorGarneau, M (ed.); Alt, B T (ed.)
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Bulletin 529, 2000, 416 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication contains the following publications
File formatpdf
NTS39; 49; 59A; 59D; 59E; 59H; 120B; 120C; 120E; 120F; 340; 560A; 560D
AreaFosheim Peninsula; Ellesmere Island; Hot Weather Creek; Cañon Fiord; Cape Herschel; Axel Heiberg Island
Lat/Long WENS-94.0000 -60.0000 83.0000 76.0000
Subjectsenvironmental geology; hydrogeology; Nature and Environment; climate, arctic; climatic fluctuations; climate effects; environmental studies; environmental analysis; environmental impacts; faunal studies; permafrost; hydrologic environment; archaeology; vegetation; Climate change; Quaternary
Illustrationssketch maps; photographs
Released2000 12 01; 2013 09 12
AbstractFosheim Peninsula is the largest interior lowland of the protected, anomalously warm, dry, Eureka Sound intermontane area, which lies in the circumpolar-vortex-dominated Canadian High Arctic. The climate of this latter region is characterized by high, longitudinal temperature variations, strong, persistent temperature inversions, and widely differing precipitation totals.
Climate and related trends for 1961 to 1990 were used to delineate climate change regions around the circumarctic area and to examine their response to recent global climate conditions. General circulation model results for doubled CO2 scenarios show least agreement in this geographical area, with only a transient model with a coupled ocean circulation model reflecting the current observed trends. Because of the anomalous conditions of the Eureka Sound area within the eastern Canadian High Arctic and similarly of the latter region within the circumpolar Arctic, close monitoring and interdisciplinary research are warranted to understand the climate processes involved.

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