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Climate Change in the Mackenzie Mountains

Shrinking sea ice, retreating glaciers, a tree line migrating further north, and less snow that also melts earlier—what do these climate-related changes mean for the Arctic, and for all of us?

Arctic landscapes are changing. Over the last two decades the Mackenzie Mountains have experienced an increase of about 1.25 degrees Celsius in annual permafrost temperature. As a result, trees are being outcompeted by shrubs and the permafrost is thawing. These shifts will change life for every species in the Arctic. That’s why researchers are working hard now to understand exactly how these lands and species work together. Long-term data will allow them to see past seasonal extreme weather events and detect the long-term patterns.

On this expedition, you’ll measure evidence of climate change in the majestic Mackenzie Mountains, a range that forms part of the border between Canada’s Northwest Territories and the Yukon and is on the front line of climate change. Among stunning wildlife, including one of the world’s largest herds of mountain caribou, you’ll help take soil and permafrost samples, monitor the status of the tree line, and record information on native plant species. By helping researchers learn all they can about this fragile environment now, you’ll help preserve it for the future.

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Ms Simone Dumschat | NOVEMBER 30, 2016 ★★★★★

"Most amazing experience of my life!"

I can highly recommend this trip to everyone who loves nature and cares about climate change. I had an amazing time and would go back in a heartbeat. Every day was planned very well with different research activities in an absolutely stunning landscape. I loved absolutely everything about it.


  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Location: Mackenzie Mountains, Northwest Territory, Canada
  • Lead Scientist:

    Steven Mamet, Ph.D.

From $3,795 USD
Duration: 11 days