Hydrological Studies, Mackenzie Delta Region

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: physical sciences, hydrology, prediction models, water level, snow, snowmelt

Principal Investigator: Marsh, Philip (31)
Licence Number: 14637
Organization: Environment Canada - National Water Research Institute
Licenced Year(s): 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Issued: Feb 04, 2010

Objective(s): The objectives of this project are: (1) to develop improved understanding of, and ability to, predict snowcover formation and melt, as well as stream discharge in northern regions, and (2) to develop an improved understanding of, and ability to, predict water levels in the lakes and channels of the Mackenzie Delta.

Project Description: The objectives of this project are: (1) to develop improved understanding of, and ability to, predict snow cover formation and melt, as well as stream discharge in northern regions, and (2) to develop an improved understanding of, and ability to, predict water levels in the lakes and channels of the Mackenzie Delta. These will allow a better understanding of the impact of climate change and/or natural gas development.

The researchers intend to use Hank Rogers' cabin at Denis Lagoon for safe and dry storage of valuable scientific instrumentation and field equipment, and his dock as a staging point of their field campaigns in the Denis Lagoon area. As well, Hank provides them with valuable local insight regarding safe snowmobile and boat routes to and from Denis Lagoon and the Richards Island area, and has also advised them on placement of both land and marine based instrumentation.

The results of this study are pending, as it is ongoing. Journal publications involving this work are available either on request, on line, or in the Inuvik Research Centre library.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from April 15-April 30th, May 15-June 5th, Sept. 5-Sept. 20th, 2010, at four primary study areas: Trail Valley Creek, Havikpak Creek, Denis Lagoon, Trail Valley Creek, Denis Lagoon, Big Lake.