Hydrological Studies, Mackenzie Delta Region

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: physical sciences, hydrology, limnology, glaciology, water level, snow

Principal Investigator: Marsh, Philip (31)
Licence Number: 15007
Organization: Environment Canada - National Water Research Institute
Licenced Year(s): 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Issued: Jan 27, 2012

Objective(s): To improve understanding of and ability to predict, snowcover formation and melt, as well as stream discharge in northern regions, and to improve 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, 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. 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, should they occur, are focused on monitoring snowmelt at Trail Valley and Havikpak Creek. The September trip is primarily for take-down or removal of many instruments before winter freeze up.

The research team intends to use a local cabin at Denis Lagoon, with permission, for safe and dry storage of valuable scientific instrumentation and field equipment, and the dock as a staging point should the team have the opportunity to return to research in the outer Mackenzie Delta.

The results of this study are pending, as it is ongoing. However, every year our activities are provided to community groups through the process of applying for this licence. 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 16, 2012 to September 18, 2012.