The Changing Arctic: Spotlight Chukotka

The warming climate is having significant changes on permafrost across the world’s northern regions.

This year at Eye on the Arctic, we’re focussing on how the altered permafrost is affecting northern populations and the research being done to better understand these changes.

In our first installment, we look at the Chukotka region of Russia.

Alexey Maslakov is a student and researcher in the Cryolithology and glaciology Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia.  This summer, for the second year in a row, he travelled to  Chukotka to study the changing permafrost.

We spoke with him earlier this summer about his research in the region and what it can tell us about the changing North.

We reached him on the line from Moscow.

To listen to our conversation

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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