At Earthwatch Institute's Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge you’ll measure evidence of global warming near Churchill, a small town on Hudson Bay that’s on the front line of climate change. Help researchers as they learn all they can about this fragile environment.
“The Arctic fever…lives only in the mind, filling its victim with a consuming urge to wander again, and forever, through these mighty spaces where the caribou herds flow like living rivers over the roll of the tundra,” wrote Canadian author Farley Mowat. But this captivating landscape may cease to exist—and this is your chance to both experience its wonders and help researchers understand how we might protect it.
You’ll measure evidence of global warming near Churchill, a small town on Hudson Bay. Climate-related shifts are already happening here: shrinking sea ice, retreating glaciers, a tree line migrating farther north, and less snow that also melts earlier.
Help researchers as they learn all they can about this fragile environment. You’ll don waist-high waders to take water samples and assess the abundance of the fish and frogs that make these northern wetlands their home. Back in the lab, you’ll analyze the water samples and identify tadpoles and fish your team collected in the field. Your work will contribute to a fuller picture of how individual species adapt—or fail to adapt—as climate change reshapes the habitats they depend on.
Live the life of an Arctic explorer - with a comfortable bed and plenty of hot food and drink, of course. You’ll stay at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a vibrant research hub, in dorm rooms that house up to four people.
You’ll share hearty buffet-style meals with teammates and visiting researchers. The center also has plenty of other perks, including an herbarium, a movie room, a northern lights observation dome, and a workout room.