Ecological and geomorphological investigations in the alpine tundra of the western Mackenzie Mountains

Regions: Sahtu Settlement Area

Tags: physical sciences, climatology, permafrost, soil, vegetation, ecology, human disturbance

Principal Investigator: Kershaw, G. Peter (38)
Licence Number: 12593
Organization: University of Alberta
Licenced Year(s): 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Issued: Jan 01, 1994
Project Team: C. Horvath, K. Small, H. Klappstein, A. Meyer

Objective(s): To continue investigations of permafrost landform/ environmental relationships with the following objectives: (1) to quantify microclimate, soil and vegetation characteristics of permafrost landforms; and (2) to evaluate the long-term ecological responses to human-induced disturbances associated with the abandoned Canol Project.

Project Description: Since 1974, the permafrost landforms in this area have been studied. Investigations have included the collection of wind and soil temperatures, wind speed and precipitation levels. This information will increase our knowledge about how permafrost affects the shaping of the land. In addition, information will be collected on how vegetation responds to human activities as a result of the Canol Project.