Permafrost investigations, western arctic Canada

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: physical sciences, climate change, groundwater, topography, pingo, wedge ice

Principal Investigator: Burn, Chris R (31)
Licence Number: 13103
Organization: Carleton University - Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998
Issued: Apr 14, 2000
Project Team: Doug Joe, Dr. J.R. Mackay, Andrew Burn, Daniel Riseborough, Ross Cooper

Objective(s): This work considers terrain conditions during the growth of permafrost in recently drained lakes. At Illisarvik the researchers are investigating heave of the lake bottom (including growth of a pingo), development of ice wedges, changes in ground temper

Project Description: The investigator will measure change in the ground due to uplift, by the growth of a pingo and from side to side by the ground cooling in winter. Air, ground water and lake temperatures will be measured. This information will be used to understand how permafrost is responding to climate variation. Travel to sites is by helicopter and snow machine. At the site the investigators will stay at a cabin and walk to the measurement sites.