ArcticNet - About us

David G. Barber
University of Manitoba

Dr. Barber obtained his Bachelors (1981) and Masters (1987) from the University of Manitoba, in Biology and Resource Management, and his Ph.D. (1992) in Arctic Climatology from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He was appointed to a faculty position at the University of Manitoba in 1993. He is currently Director of the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS), and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources, University of Manitoba. Dr. Barber has extensive experience in the examination of the Arctic marine environment as a ?system?. His first Arctic field experience was in 1981 as a research assistant and he has conducted field experiments in the Arctic annually since then. His early work, with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, examined Arctic Marine Mammal habitat detection and change. His later work focused on the geophysics of snow and sea ice and in particular the response of the snow/ice system to oceanic and atmospheric forcing. His research group has a special interest in the coupling between physical and biological systems in the Arctic and in the use of Earth Observation platforms in the study of ocean-sea ice-atmosphere (OSA) processes. Dr. Barber has published over 60 articles in the peer reviewed literature pertaining to sea ice, climate change and physical-biological coupling in the Arctic marine system. He has led several investigations into sea ice dynamic and thermodynamic processes, ship navigation in sea ice, habitat selection and arctic climate change. He has undertaken leadership roles in network projects such as the North Water (NOW) polynya network, the Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES) and the Collaborative Interdisciplinary Cryosphere Experiment(C-ICE). He is currently theme leader for the BaySys project (Theme 3 of ArcticNet) which examines the role of climate change on freshwater quality and quantity on marine processes in Hudson Bay. In addition to his university teaching and administrative commitments, Dr. Barber has established the Community Based Monitoring Program (CBM) which links several Inuit communities into measurement and monitoring of sea ice and snow related parameters in the Western High Arctic and Hudson Bay. He was also instrumental in establishing the ?Schools on Board? program which outreaches Arctic Marine science to high schools throughout Canada aboard the CCGS Amundsen. He is past member of an NSERC Discovery Research Grants Selection Committee in Environmental Earth Sciences and a member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation Roundtable on the Environment. In recognition of his commitment to environmental research and education he received the RH award in Physical Sciences from the University of Manitoba and has been nominated for the NSERC Steacie Award. He currently acts as the Canadian Representative on the Arctic Observing Network of the National Academies of Science; an NSF funded Study Board charged with development of a long term Arctic Observing System.


Project Leader

Sea Ice - Understanding and Modelling Ocean-Sea Ice-Atmosphere Biogeochemical Coupling in a Changing Climate

Project Member

Understanding the Effects of Climate Change and Industrial Development on Contaminant Processes and Exposure in the Canadian Arctic Marine Ecosystem: How Can we Prepare?

Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change

Freshwater-Marine Coupling in Hudson Bay: a Study of Winter Estuarine Processes in the Coastal Corridor in Southeast Hudson Bay and Effects of Environmental Change

Innovative Research on Monitoring Marine Mammals to Mitigate Impacts of a Changing Arctic

Arc3Bio (Marine Biodiversity, Biological Productivity and Biogeochemistry in the Changing Canadian Arctic)

Primary Address

University of Manitoba
Centre for Earth Observation Science
Wallace Building, 125 Dysart Rd
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

Phone: (204) 474-6981

Fax: (204) 272-1532