The north is of huge economic and strategic importance—and disproportionately affected by weather and by climate. What is happening and how quickly? How will it affect development in both northern and southern Canada? What have we learned about conditions in the Arctic over the last few years—and what critical questions remain? The Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences invites you to find out.

Since 2000, the Foundation has invested $30 million in Arctic and cold climate research. The workshop will look at what has emerged from this work and its relevance to safety, security and development. It will also celebrate CFCAS-funded contributions to International Polar Year.

Why: Softening permafrost, coastal erosion and loss of sea ice affect northern industries and communities; pollution from the south is routinely found in wildlife. International reports predict an acceleration of these changes and their impacts. To what extent can we foresee, forestall or adapt to the changes? Speakers will report on what we’ve learned and at what we still need to know.

Where: The Drawing Room of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa.

When: 09:00 – 16:00, Tuesday November 25, 2008. A reception will follow.

Who: Participants from federal, provincial and private sector organizations, universities, non-governmental organizations and the media.

Registration: There is no fee; however, delegates must confirm their participation to (Tel: 613 238-2223 extension 201).

For more information: contact (Tel: 613 238-2223 ext. 202).