Canada's Largest IPY Research Project

On July 11, 2007, the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System (CFL) Study was launched at the University of Manitoba.  Based aboard the Canadian Coast Guard research icebreaker, CCGS Amundsen, the CFL study is the largest project in Canada's International Polar Year (IPY) research program, and one of the largest IPY projects in the world.

The University of Manitoba’s David Barber, Canada Research Chair in Arctic System Science, and director of the Centre for Earth Observation Science at the University of Manitoba, will be leading the CFL Study, which is set to be begin later this summer. 

Involving more than 200 scientists from 16 countries, the 15-month adventure is aimed at understanding the effects of global climate change in the Arctic.  

For the official launch, Barber was joined by Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, Kerri Irvin-Ross, Minister of Healthy Living for the Province of Manitoba, and Joanne Keselman, Vice-President (Research) at the University of Manitoba.  Rob Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South was also present in the audience.

To learn more about the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study, please visit the project’s Web site.

To learn more about Canada’s International Polar Year initiatives, please visit the Government of Canada’s International Polar Year Web site.