Arctic dogs are now helping out in the fight against climate change. Dog sleds have been used to help people get around in the Arctic for many years and now they are transporting important technology to study the changes in sea ice.
The warming temperatures have caused the ice thickness to change and scientists are unsure about the risks. Since many Inuit dog sleds travel across the Arctic ice every day, climate change researchers are now using them to reach places other forms of transportation can’t. The sled-mounted sensors measure the ice thickness and have proven to be accurate within about an inch of drilling results. This not only helps scientists study global warming and its affects on the Arctic, but it also helps the local communities adapt to changes in their environment. It is great to see that our four legged friends aren’t just cute; they are also extremely valuable in our quest to understand climate change!