Severe Arctic Weather

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Narrator:
The weather is changing in Canada’s arctic, becoming more erratic and dangerous…

Tony Gaston:
100 kilometre per hour winds during the summer are not that unusual… 

Dr. Gilbert Brunet:
The real danger is the impact on visibility.

Narrator:
It’s harder now for local people and animals to “read” the weather…

Dr. Joel Heath:
There were 50 Eider Ducks wintering.  The storm totally covered them up.

Tony Gaston:
The climate is changing faster, and the biology is finding it difficult to adapt.

Narrator:
Hunters, trying to feed their families, face new risks in the face of changing arctic weather…

Dr. Joel Heath:
We’re out on the land with local hunters everyday.  It’s a pretty important place for a lot of people to get food.

Narrator:
So Northerners are working with Scientists, to find ways to adapt.

Dr. Joel Heath:
We’re in the process of setting up a long term monitoring program with the community.  We’re training people to use these time-lapse technologies.

Dr. Gilbert Brunet:
What we want to do is extend high definition with the forecasting system all over the Arctic.

Narrator:
Canadian scientists are bringing new awareness to this issue during International Polar Year.