Field measurements to constrain data for use in a numerical model which will quantify the growth, maintenance and disappearance of thaw lakes over time scales of tens to thousands of years

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: geology, permafrost, prediction models, historical data, sea level

Principal Investigator: Plug, Lawrence (1)
Licence Number: 13710
Organization: Dalhousie University
Licenced Year(s): 2004
Issued: Aug 11, 2004
Project Team: Brad Werne

Objective(s): In regions where permafrost is rich in ice, topography and drainage networks are shaped and changed by the accumulation and melting of ice. This project investigates how these landscapes evolve over tens to thousands of years under past, present, and future time-varying climates. The overall objective of the research is to construct and test, against field and remote sensing measurements, predictive computer models for the evolution of lowland permafrost landscapes under varying temperature, precipitation, and sea level. Such models will be useful to Canadian industry and governmental organizations for forecasting and mitigating the economic costs of permafrost melting.