Quaternary Glacial Geology and Sea Level Change, Western Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: climate change, glaciology, paleoclimatology, historical data, sea ice, sea level change

Principal Investigator: England, John H (15)
Licence Number: 13459
Organization: University of Alberta
Licenced Year(s): 2012 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Issued: Jun 24, 2003
Project Team: Patrick La

Objective(s): This research is concerned with the nature and style of past glaciations as well as the history of sea level and climatic changes. The broad objective is to obtain a long term paleoclimatic record from these former ice and sea level conditions. It will help to determine what past climatic conditions favoured the buildup and removal of former ice sheets in the western Arctic, and may provide insight on recent global warming, especially regarding the possibility of further reducing the remaining glaciers and sea ice cover. Sea level rise is widespread in the western islands and other factors that are contributing to it, such as the ongoing lowering of the coastlines themselves, are being documented. High latitude areas such as the Canadian High Arctic provide diverse records of past global changes since they are generally the first regions to be affected by climate variability. Hence, it is of prime importance to obtain more data from these regions and to replace them in a context of much longer environmental changes in order to have a better understanding of possible future climate conditions.