The Arctic is warming between four and seven times faster than the rest of the world and not enough is known about changing snow in the region. A team of 40 researchers, students, and Indigenous knowledge holders are trying to change that this April.
Participating in the first Arctic Snow School, the team that spans six countries is coming together at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) in the Inuit community of Cambridge Bay in Nunavut, Canada, April 1-8.
Together, they're hoping to answer questions such as: What can Arctic snow tell us about the fate of our future? How can studying Arctic snow help us brainstorm solutions to accelerated climate change?
They are also hoping to discuss how changes to the Arctic never truly stay in the Arctic: what changing snow means for people across the world and on the ground in Canada—what will be lost, what will be gained and how we can prepare for an uncertain future for all.
Journalist Meral Jamal aims to pull back the curtains on this work, documenting the work taking place at the Arctic Snow School, as well as talking to stakeholders across the world about what snow change in the Arctic means for people and communities beyond.