Long-term Ecological and Geomorphological Investigations in the Alpine Tundra of the Mackenzie Mountains, NWT
Principal Investigator: Kershaw, G. Peter (38)
Licence Number: 13485
Organization: University of Alberta
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Issued: Jul 04, 2003
Project Team: TBA

Objective(s): The main study objectives are to: 1) determine the status of permafrost landforms in the study area; and 2) determine the long-term recovery after abandonment of the CANOL No. 1 project. Both objectives are part of long-term studies in the area that were initiated in 1974. Intensive investigations were carried out in 1974, 1977-1982, and since 1990. Since 1945, disturbances have been affected by natural processes of revegetation and studies have been underway since 1977 to determine the nature of these processes. With climate change potentially resulting in warming in the North, it is important to know the current condition of permafrost landforms. Since no long-term climate information is available for the area, trees will be sampled to retrieve cores for tree ring analysis in an effort to reconstruct past climate.