Monitoring of the Penny Ice Cap, Ellesmere Island

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: physical sciences, climate change, ice cap, elevation

Principal Investigator: Weber, J.R. (2)
Licence Number: 12365
Organization: Geological Survey of Canada
Licenced Year(s): 1993 1992
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: R.V. Cooper

Objective(s): To monitor changes in elevation of ice caps as part of research examining climatic change; to determine the changes in size of the Penny Ice Cap (i.e., growth or shrinkage) from 1962 to 1993.

Project Description: Changes in the size of ice caps are excellent indicators of changes in climate. Changes in ice cap size are related to changes in sea level. In this final year of study, we will complete our measurements of the Penny Ice Cap. These measurements, collected in 1962, 1965 and 1992, are taken at the same location each time in order that comparisons can be made over the years. Differences in these measurements can indicate ice cap growth or shrinkage.