Coastal Hazards, Relative Sea-level Change, and Climate Impacts on Northern Coasts and Seaways
Principal Investigator: Forbes, Donald L (9)
Licence Number: 13504
Organization: Geological Survey of Canada
Licenced Year(s): 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Issued: Jul 16, 2003
Project Team: J.-C. Lave

Objective(s): The western Canadian Arctic coast is one of the most rapidly changing coastlines in the world and one of the most vulnerable to climate change. The Geological Survey of Canada has been studying the causes of this vulnerability in the Beaufort Sea region over the past decade and has developed a much better understanding of the processes governing coastal change. The primary objectives of the project are to: 1) map the western Canadian Arctic coastline in terms of its sensitivity to coastal erosion under climate change and sea-level rise; 2) monitor changes in the coastline and the processes responsible; 3) define rates of relative sea-level change and contributions from crustal uplift or subsidence; 4) determine the sensitivity of the coast to other climate changes such as increased air, ground, and water temperatures, diminished sea ice and higher wave energy; and 5) collect information on coastal geology and geomorphology for ground-truth of remote sensing and for calibrating predictive models of coastal change.