ARI staff attended ArcticNet's Annual Scientific Meeting this year at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa from December 10-14. Vice President, Research Pippa Seccombe-Hett along with Christopher Burn, a 2018 recipient of the Governor General's Polar Medal and ARI Research Associate, and Scott Dallimore chaired a session on the United Nations Environmental Program Rapid Response Assessment on Coastal Permafrost. Davonna Kasook, ARI's Licensing Coordinator, and graduate of Aurora College delivered a paper, "Using ArcGIS Story Map as tool to educate and facilitate geo-spatial knowledge transfer' and Garfield Giff, ARI's Manager, GIS presented a paper, "Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to map and monitor the effects of climate-driven changes on the Western Arctic Environment: A Caribou Hills case study."
Our priority at this time is the health of safety of the Aurora College/Aurora Research Institute community, as well as the larger NWT and research communities. In response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the Western Arctic (WARC), North Slave (NSRC) and South Slave (SSRC) Research Centres are currently closed. All of the WARC research support and logistical services for outside researchers are suspended at this time.