Dr. Len Barrie Getting Into the Arctic

Video Shot in: 2024

Dr. Leonard Barrie reflects on his trajectory within Environment Canada, which eventually led him to the Arctic. Initially, he was involved in a joint program with the Alberta oil sands, focusing on snow pack chemistry surveys. However, his interest shifted when he encountered research by Ken Ron from the University of Rhode Island, highlighting elevated levels of pollution in Barrow, Alaska. This prompted Barrie to establish a network across the Arctic to investigate pollution levels further. Through sampling and collaboration with modelers, he uncovered the widespread nature of Arctic pollution and its origins. This journey culminated in hosting the second Atmospheric Arctic Air Chemistry Symposium in Toronto in 1983, solidifying his involvement in Arctic research.