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Current Winner - 2020

Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering

Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering


University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, Université Laval, The University of British Columbia, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, the Arctic is the proverbial canary in the coal mine when it comes to tracking the effects of climate change. While increased levels of greenhouse gases are the primary driving force for global warming, the roles of tiny aerosol particles—some natural and some made by humans—need to be better established to understand the complete climate system.

NETCARE—the Network on Climate and Aerosols—was established in 2013 with the goal of understanding how these particles are formed and travel through the atmosphere, and the effects they have on climate. The multidisciplinary team brings together more than 40 earth science experts from university departments and federal research labs. The team distills massive amounts of field data and observations to improve climate models that predict environmental changes that are likely to take place in the Arctic over the coming decades. These predictions help policy-makers prepare for and, hopefully, mitigate the worst of the effects of climate change in the Arctic.

In recognition of their outstanding contributions to climate research in Canada’s Arctic, the members of NETCARE were awarded the 2020 Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering.


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