Stream flow generation in wetland-dominated zones of discontinuous permafrost
Principal Investigator: Quinton, William L. (16)
Licence Number: 14102
Organization: Dept. Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University
Licenced Year(s): 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2001
Issued: Jan 31, 2007
Project Team: Dr. Masaki Hayashi (Co-Investigator, University of Calgary), Dr. Robert Schincariol (Co-Investigator, University of Western Ontario), Mr. Peter Whittington (Student, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Objective(s): The objective of research is to develop computer models to estimate the volume and timing of runoff from wetlands in this region. Models will be developed from the properties of soils, and physical attributes of the peat plateau cover. This will reduce the uncertainties regarding climate warming on the future availability of northern water resources.

Project Description: The objective of research is to develop computer models to estimate the volume and timing of runoff from wetlands in this region. Models will be developed from the properties of soils, and physical attributes of the peat plateau cover. This will reduce the uncertainties regarding climate warming on the future availability of northern water resources.

Fieldwork will commence in late winter with snow surveys. Sensing equipment (water level recorders, rain gauges, radiation sensors) will be installed and stream flow measurements will be taken following snowmelt. Water samples will be gathered from the major runoff areas by helicopter. An additional day of helicopter time will be needed to photograph ground-cover types within Scotty Creek, and to remove the water-level monitoring equipment.

Publications will be sent to the Aurora Research Institute and communities each year.

Chief Stanley Sanguez of the Jean-Marie River First Nation will be contacted prior to field work to discuss involvement of Jean-Marie community members in this research project. Local field guides will be hired.
The study will be conducted from March 14 to September 10, 2007 at Scotty Creek (61° 18'N 121° 18'W), approximately 62 km SSW of Fort Simpson and 1.1 km north of Goose Lake.