The Joint Arctic Weather Stations

Science and Sovereignty in the High Arctic, 1946-1972

Table des matières

Chapter 1 Background: The Long Build-up
Chapter 2 Negotiating JAWS, 1945-47
Chapter 3 Situating the First Stations, 1947-48
Chapter 4 Finishing the Network, 1948-50
Chapter 5 Who Did the Stations Need . . . and Who Did They Get?
Chapter 6 Science at the Stations
Chapter 7 The Seasonal Cycle
Chapter 8 Getting Along at the Top of the World
Chapter 9 Canadianization: Getting Out of Joint?

The first comprehensive study of the Canada-U.S. Joint Arctic Weather Stations, systematically analyzing large- and small-scale aspects from scientific diplomacy to site logistics to understand how these isolated posts were so successful.

La description

This is the first systematic account of the Joint Arctic Weather Stations (JAWS), a collaborative science program between Canada and the United States that created a distinctive state presence in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago from 1946-1972. These five meteorological stations, constructed at Eureka, Resolute, Isachsen, Mould Bay, and Alert, became remote hubs for science and sovereignty, revealing the possibilities and limits of modernity in the High Arctic.

Drawing on extensive archival evidence, unpublished personal memoirs, and interviews with former JAWS personnel, this book systematically analyzes the diplomatic, scientific, social, environmental, and civil-military dimensions of this binational program. From the corridors of power in Washington and Ottawa to everyday life at the small outposts, The Joint Arctic Weather Stations explores delicate statecraft, changing scientific practices, as well as the distinctive station cultures that emerged as humans coped with isolation in polar environments.


  • CSN-REC Best Book in Canadian Studies 2022
  • Runner-up, Atmospheric Science Librarians History Book of the Year 2022
  • Short-listed, Aleberta Book Publishing Awards - Scholarly Book of the Year 2023


A captivating story of the difficulties, as well as the benefits and successes, of jointly operating Canadian-American scientific research bases in the remote Arctic.

- Alina Bykova, NiCHE Canada

The Joint Arctic Weather Stations provides multiple significant historiographical contributions to understanding the Canadian High Arctic during the Cold War era.

- The Northern Review