Overbank sediment patterns on the Mackenzie Delta

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: physical sciences, vegetation, sedimentology, sediment, historical data, topography, erosion, deposition

Principal Investigator: Pearce, Cheryl M. (8)
Licence Number: 12508
Organization: University of Western Ontario
Licenced Year(s): 1993 1992 1991 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: J. Luce

Objective(s): To summarize the results of previous sedimentation studies on the Mackenzie Delta; to explain the relationships between overbank deposition, delta landforms and vegetation; to evaluate methodologies for collecting data on overbank deposition; to estimate mean areal sedimentation rates for the middle delta area; to produce overbank sedimentation rates for all of the areas used in previous sedimentation studies; to recommend methods to measure historical sedimentation rates and future overbank sedimentation patterns; to sample and describe recent and historical vegetation and sediment patterns in new study areas of the middle and outer delta.

Project Description: The researcher will continue her long-term study on the physical features of the Mackenzie Delta. Hydrocarbon development, water volume and course changes, and climate change could have major effects on the water and sedimentation patterns of the delta. This study will increase knowledge of sedimentation patterns, shoreline erosion and their relationships with vegetation.