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MackenzieResearch by scientists from Queen’s and Carleton universities head find new evidence of the destructive impact of global climate change on the Mackenzie River delta.

New research just published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that storm surges in the Arctic can radically alter coastal ecosystems. Nearly all Arctic indigenous communities are coastal, and the damage from future surges could have significant social and economic impacts. The research predicts that changes in sea ice cover, sea levels and the frequency and intensity of storms and marine storm surges will be more variable in the 21st Century with obvious profound consequences for coastal peoples. Members of the team include Michael Pisaric from Carleton University, John Smol, graduate student Joshua Thienpont and undergraduate Holly Nesbitt from Queen's University, Trevor Lantz from the University of Victoria, Steven Kokelj from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and Steven Solomon from the Geological Survey of Canada.

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