Climate change leads Inuits to team up with CSU to predict weather and ice

Inuit hunters fighting to continue their traditional lifestyle in the melting Arctic have turned to Colorado scientists for help.

Cracks open unexpectedly in sea-ice routes the Inuit rely on to track polar bears, caribou and other animals. Each year, the ice melts earlier and freezes later, forcing a shift from dog sleds to boats that require costly fuel.

Elders’ once-reliable predictions, based in part on touching and tasting sea ice, increasingly fail.

Today the scientists, led by climate-modeling veteran Glen Liston, are installing a super-sensitive network of weather stations near an isolated community on Baffin Island in northeast Canada called Kangiqtugaapik (pop. 1,000).

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