Hydrological Studies, Mackenzie Delta Region

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

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

Principal Investigator: Marsh, Philip (30)
Licence Number: 14837
Organization: Environment Canada - National Water Research Institute
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Issued: Feb 03, 2011
Project Team: Cuyler Onclin (Field Tech, Env Canada), Philip Marsh (Principal investigator, Env Canada), Mark Russell (Field Tech, Env Canada)

Objective(s): To develop improved understanding of, and ability to predict, snowcover formation and melt, as well as stream discharge in northern regions, and 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.

In the April trip, the primary activity at all sites is snow surveying. The May and June trips are focused on monitoring snowmelt at Trail Valley and Havikpak Creek, and installing water level recorders and measuring discharge in the Delta. The September trip is primarily for take-down or removal of many instruments before winter freeze up.

The researchers intend to use an NWT resident’s cabin at Denis Lagoon for safe and dry storage of valuable scientific instrumentation and field equipment for the September portion of the field campaigns in the Denis Lagoon area. As well, valuable local insight regarding safe snowmobile and boat routes to and from Denis Lagoon and the Richards Island area has been gained by the cabin owner, and has also advised on placement of both land and marine based instrumentation.

The results of this study are pending, as it is ongoing. However, every year a summary of activities are provided to community groups through the licence application process. As well, 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 10, 2011 to September 20, 2011.