Canada allocates over $1.2 million to fund research at Arctic station until the autumn of 2019
The Canadian government has provided funding for research conducted at the country's northernmost Arctic station, The Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL), until the autumn of 2019, TASS news agency reports Canada's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change as saying.
To keep the station going, 1.6 million Canadian dollars (over 1.25 million US dollars) will be set aside. "This will allow Canadian researchers to conduct research nonstop and collect data at the PEARL station until the autumn of 2019," the statement reads.
"Driven by our world-class researchers, Canada is a leader in atmospheric science as well as climatology in the Arctic. By investing in the PEARL research network, we'll ensure that the research done in Canada's high Arctic continues to deepen our knowledge of the challenges before us," said Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.
The PEARL station is located in the northern part of Ellesmere Island, the topmost island of Canada's Arctic Archipelago, 1.1 km from the North Pole. From 1992, the station has been collecting data on the quality of air on different layers, chemical composition of the atmosphere, ozone content and climatic changes. Since2005 the station has been used by both Canadian universities as well as government agencies.