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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Water, weather and climate change in Canada's vast Mackenzie Region

Dr. Ming-ko Woo
McMaster University

Northern water resources are very sensitive to weather and climate, and they may be affected substantially by the warming trend being experienced over many parts of Canada. This talk is about how the atmosphere, the snow and the permafrost collectively control the freshwater of the Mackenzie basin. The research is providing the scientific basis for policy that will protect the sustainability of water supply in the Mackenzie and other northern regions, and govern activities such as hydro operations during periods of extreme weather fluctuation.

Dr. Ming-ko Woo has worked in the Canadian Arctic and subarctic for three decades. He is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and is recognized internationally for his expertise on snow, permafrost and water-related issues. He has also investigated drought problems in northern Nigeria, soil erosion in south China and permafrost in northwestern China.

Dr. Woo is the Principal Investigator of The Mackenzie GEWEX Study (MAGS) a team of more than 60 government and university who are conducting research to understand and model the climate and the water cycle of the Mackenzie Basin. The MAGS program is strongly supported by industrial and government partners that have environmental and economic interests in the North.

You can visit the MAGS Web site at

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

DATE: Thursday, November 29, 2001 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am