Climate Change

Resources - Science and Monitoring

Building a Path for Northern Science

In 2009, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) released Building a Path for Northern Science. This document is the science agenda for the GNWT and outlines the science priorities of the GNWT, one of which is climate change. In this document, climate change is identified as a cross-cutting theme that impacts all areas of science and research. The document states that:

“Climate change is a cross-cutting theme because of the sheer expanse of its relevance to the changing north. Climate change is not contained in one specific research priority or another. It is applicable within all priorities. Climate change must be considered when engaging in research. It is a major driver within all priorities. An enhanced understanding of the changing natural environment, the role of climate change in these changes, and the challenges and opportunities these changes will present for the NWT is essential.

Aurora Research Institute

The Aurora Research Institute (ARI) is the research division of Aurora College. The ARI undertakes research to improve the quality of life for NWT residents by applying scientific, technological and indigenous knowledge to solve northern problems and advance social and economic goals. The ARI has research offices in Inuvik, Fort Smith and Yellowknife.

Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP)

SNAP is a network of climate change professionals who believe that understanding the climate's current and future directions help us develop credible projections that advise policy and management across Alaska and the Arctic.

The GNWT worked with the University of Alaska Fairbanks SNAP lab to develop a tool for generating climate change projections of mean monthly temperature and precipitation for all NWT communities and mines. Community charts explore temperature and precipitation projections for communities across Alaska and Canada.