Investigation of ground ice development in sediments of the Mackenzie delta area.
Principal Investigator: Burn, Chris R (32)
Licence Number: 12846
Organization: Dept. of Geography and Science Institute
Licenced Year(s): 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991
Issued: Mar 28, 1996
Project Team: Alex Elanik, Audrey Dallimore

Objective(s): To examine the growth and decay of ground ice in near-surface sediments of the Mackenzie delta area; to examine the development of ice wedges; to monitor the temperature in permafrost; to establish the relation between air temperature and ground temperature in permafrost; to establish the relation between air temperature and ground temperature at two sites on Garry Island; to determine the climatic gradient between coastal and inland locations in the regional.

Project Description: The purpose is to collect samples of ground ice and to measure air, ground, and lake temperatures. We use the information to help understand how the permafrost in the area has changed in the last few thousands years, in order to determine what might happen in the future.