Water quality assessment and climate history of Mould Bay ponds and streams.
Principal Investigator: Smols, John (1)
Licence Number: 13040
Organization: Queen's University
Licenced Year(s): 2002 2000 1999
Issued: Apr 29, 1999
Project Team: Marianne Douglas, John Glew, Neal Michelutti, Dermot Antoniades

Objective(s): The overall goals of this project are to understand the present day water quality of arctic lakes and ponds and to attempt to determine if the water quality of these sites are changing as a result of, for example recent climate change or other disturbances. Past work has extended data sets to a large number of sites in the Eastern Arctic, and these will now be compared with new sites in the Western Arctic. Data from the Eastern Arctic has shown that pond and lake environments are significantly different now than they were in the 1800s, perhaps as a result of global warming. The Mould Bay weather station is an excellent area to include in this study, because of the availability of meteorological data from AES, as well as good logistic facilities.

Project Description: The overall goals of this project are to understand the present day water quality of arctic lakes and ponds and to attempt to determine if the water quality of these sites is changing as a result of, for example recent climate change or other disturbances. Collection of samples during 1999 will require roughly a one week stay at the Atmospheric Environment Service (AES) weather station at Mould Bay NWT. During this time researchers will visit approximately 30 ponds, streams and lakes within walking distance of the AES station, collecting a small quality of water and sediment at each sampling location. Travel to the site will be via aircraft from Resolute.