April 24, 2012 – Today at the International Polar Year 2012 Conference in Montreal, the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) announced the transfer of over $12,000 in donations to support the operations of Canada’s unique Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL). Professor James Drummond, PEARL lead investigator and Canada Research Chair in Remote Sounding of Atmospheres at Dalhousie University, accepted the donations on behalf of the research consortium.

“When word went out that PEARL would have to cease year-round operations due to lack of funding, the public reacted by opening their wallets,” said Dawn Conway, Executive Director of CFCAS. “Canadians continue to send the Foundation messages expressing their deep concern at the loss of this essential research station.”

“I am amazed and humbled by the number of ordinary Canadians who have donated money to keep the laboratory going,” said Professor James Drummond, Principal Investigator at PEARL. “These donations will allow us to continue to take some measurements, maintain sensitive equipment, and prepare data for input into global databases, as we continue to look for a long-term solution to this funding crisis.”

Following the February 29, 2012 announcement that PEARL would cease continuous operations due to lack of funding, CFCAS saw an outpouring of support from Canadians. Over 150 individuals made donations to support ongoing research at the station. Tax-deductible donations to support PEARL continue to be accepted through the CFCAS website at www.climateforum.ca.

PEARL is Canada’s most northerly civilian research station and has been operating continuously since 2005. Without PEARL there will be no continuous active measurements in the High Arctic of many atmospheric properties scientists believe greatly affect our planet. As of April 30, 2012, PEARL will cease full-time year-round operation. PEARL requires approximately $1.5-million per year to operate. A significant portion of PEARL’s research funding had previously been provided through the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, but federal funding for the Foundation has ceased.

CFCAS is Canada’s lead agency for funding university-led research on extreme weather, air quality, climate and marine prediction. The Foundation funds research to improve our understanding of how our climate and weather are changing and the impact on our health, safety, economy and environment. Due to a lack of federal funding the Foundation’s granting activities ceased at the end of March 2012.

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