Dr. Neil Trivett Global Atmosphere Watch Observatory

The Alert Research Laboratory is the site of a range of activities by the Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate (ASTD) at Environment Canada, including stratospheric ozone and UV measurements, ground-level ozone measurements, Greenhouse Gases, various isotope studies, optical and chemical properties of aerosols. Monitoring of Persistent Organic Pollutants and mercury measurements, air monitoring and surveillance of chemicals and shorebird populations are also conducted at this site.

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Exterior view of the Dr. Neil Trivett Global Atmosphere Watch Observatory

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Carrie Taylor Carrie.taylor@canada.ca (416) 739-4433
Secondary Contact Andrew Platt Andrew.platt@canada.ca (416) 739-4263

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Owner
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Membership
Regular Member

Latitude
82.516306

Longitude
-62.308483

Location
Alert, Ellesmere Island

Nearest Community
Grise Fiord (800 km)

Territory/ Province
Nunavut

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
N/A

Facility Type
Year-Round Research Station, Site for Observing/Monitoring

Research Hinterland
Atmosphere, Tundra

Main Research Disciplines
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Isotopic Chemistry, Traditional/Aboriginal knowledge

Research History
Weekly flask samples for CO2 measurements have been collected in Alert since 1975. The Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Observatory was permanently established in Alert in 1986, with an addition to the building in 1992. Today, the observatory is administered by ASTD and research and monitoring programs have been established with more than a dozen distinct research groups – including other Government of Canada departments and international academic and government researchers.

Current Projects
Stratospheric ozone; Ultra-violet radiation; Ground-level ozone; Greenhouse Gases; Isotopes; Properties of aerosols; Persistent Organic Pollutants; Mercury measurements; Air monitoring & surveillance of chemicals; Radionuclide monitoring, etc.

Power
Generator

Communications
Telephone, Internet, Computer, Printer/scanner

Local Transportation
ASTD currently owns 4 vehicles on-site (4×4 pick-up trucks): two are equipped with a track system for winter use and two are for summer use.

Equipment Storage
N/A

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities
NIL

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
NIL

Laboratory Facilities
Limited wet lab capacity

Fuel Availability
Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel supplied to ASTD by DND on a cost-recovery basis

Research Requirements
Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) Scientific Research Licence

Special Rules and Regulations
All visitors to Alert must have Reliability level clearance and follow CFS Alert Station Standing Orders

Local External Resources
N/A

Nearest Medical Service
Grise Fiord (800 km); Thule (Greenland); Trenton, ON

Safety Considerations
N/A

Cost
N/A

Other Information
N/A

Last Updated
2016-05-02