“In Canada, which has some four million square kilometres of permafrost, an area 100 times larger than Switzerland, the changes caused by subsurface thaw are sometimes more subtle and shrouded, yet much more transformative. Unlike shrinking glaciers and ice caps, permafrost degradation is not easy to observe. But when Arctic and Subarctic ground thaws after remaining frozen for centuries, the infrastructure it supports — from buildings and roads to industrial installations such as pipelines — can be destabilized.”

This article explores how Carleton University researchers, including Dr. Frances Abele, are working to help Canada’s North prepare for a new climatic regime. Read the rest of the article here.