Hydrology of High Latitude Watersheds

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: physical sciences, hydrology, prediction models

Principal Investigator: Marsh, Philip (30)
Licence Number: 15622
Organization: Wilfrid Laurier University
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Issued: Feb 16, 2015
Project Team: Tyler de Jong (Crew Chief/Research Associate, Wilfrid Laurier University), Philip Mann (Student/Researcher, Wilfrid Laurier University), Branden Walker (Student /Researcher, Wilfrid Laurier University), Alex Maclean (Technician, Wilfrid Laurier University), Cuyler Onclin (Technician, Env. Canada), Mark Russell (Physical Scientist, Env. Canada), Additional Student (Assistant/Researcher, Wilfrid Laurier University), Philip Marsh (Researcher/Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Objective(s): To improve understanding and ability to predict snowcover formation and melt in northern regions, and better describe its impact on stream discharge.

Project Description: The objectives of this project are: (1) to improve understanding and ability to predict snowcover formation and melt in northern regions, and describe its impact on stream discharge, (2) consider the integrated effect of climate on vegetation, snow, permafrost, streamflow, and lakes, and (3) develop improved predictive models. These will allow a better understanding of the impact of climate change and/or natural resource development on the water resources of the NWT.

Snow surveys will start in April to measure the amount of snow from the winter. At this time the research team will install new instrumentation and carry out maintenance on existing sensors. Various methods will be used to measure snowmelt, soil moisture, evaporation, streamflow and lake levels. A base camp will be established at Trail Valley Creek and researchers will be there until mid-September. At this time, instrumentation and the camp will be prepared for winter. Team members will visit the camp during winter.

It is planned to have northern students involved in this research program, and an Arctic Hydrology Workshop will be held in Inuvik in order to discuss arctic hydrology with the community.
The results of this study are provided to Aurora Research Institute and community groups through the process of applying for this licence. In addition, journal publications involving this work is available by request, online, or in the Aurora Research Institute’s library.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from April 15, 2015 to September 15, 2015.