Hydrological modelling for a permafrost site and arctic snow accumulation and melt.

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: physical sciences, permafrost, hydrology, groundwater, snow, wetlands, water level, stream flow, snowmelt

Principal Investigator: Woo, Ming-ko (10)
Licence Number: 12329
Organization: McMaster University
Licenced Year(s): 1994 1993
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: R. Xia, S. Glenn, D. Yang, plus one assistant

Objective(s): To investigate and measure various hydrological processes in wetland and non-wetland environments; to model hydrologic conditions in a continuous permafrost setting (at Resolute); to survey the distribution of snow and its dust content, and relate the rate of melting to snow cover characteristics and dust concentrations in the snow (on the Fosheim Penninsula, Ellesmere Island).

Project Description: The study attempts to find out how permafrost affects the groundwater, streamflow and levels of water in wetlands. Measurements such as soil moisture, rainfall, ground and air temperatures, and water level will be taken. This research may help to determine the effect of climatic warming on permafrost and water bodies in the arctic.