Studying the Sources of Arctic Haze (Dr Leonard Barrie)

Video Shot in: 2024

Dr. Leonard Barrie discusses his Arctic research journey, highlighting key collaborations and discoveries. In 1986, he conducted ozone measurements at Alert as part of a cooperative program with Russell Schnell from Boulder. Reflecting on their early work in Fort McMurray and the Alberta oil sands, Barrie recalls how this laid the groundwork for ongoing research by Environment and Climate Change Canada. A personal anecdote shared by Paul regarding a chance encounter with a former student at a hotel adds a serendipitous twist to the story. The conversation shifts to the composition of Arctic haze, with Barrie noting changes attributed to increased forest fire frequency. Despite this, he emphasizes the region’s insulation from direct impact due to its higher latitude.