Principal Investigator:Wiese, Francis Licenced Year(s):
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a request for a program during the 2016 field season to accomplish the following objectives:
• Collect physical, biological and chemical observations in the Eastern Beaufort Sea from moored and moving platforms;
• Describe and analyze physical, biological and chemical observations acquired from the moving platforms; and
• Gather water and sediment s...
Principal Investigator:Tank, Suzanne E Licenced Year(s):
The objective of this study is to understand how permafrost slumping increases the mobilization of organic and inorganic carbon from land to water, and the effects of this movement on stream communities. To do this work, the research team will measure streamwater chemistry upstream and downstream of slump sites. The team will also examine the fate of this carbon by undertaking incubation experimen...
Principal Investigator:Lewkowicz, Antoni G Licenced Year(s):
The research goal is to look at how permafrost is changing following forest fire over a range of environmental conditions, with the purpose of improving how change is modelled in the future. The fires of 2014 in the southwestern Northwest Territories provide an opportunity to examine how discontinuous permafrost responds to disturbances. This work is being carried out in collaboration with an inte...
Principal Investigator:Lafleur, Peter M Licenced Year(s):
The broad goal of this research is to increase understanding of tundra carbon balance of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and predict into the future the impacts of climate warming on these systems.
Since the research team are interested in all aspects of the tundra carbon balance a variety of methods are employed. These can be broken down into 4 basic categories:
1. Tundra-atmosphere flux...
Principal Investigator:Sonnentag, Oliver Licenced Year(s):
The objectives of this research project are to: 1) determine if the net effect of permafrost thawing-induced biophysical and biogeochemical feedbacks to the climate system; 2) determine how these two types of feedback differ between the discontinuous and continuous permafrost zones; 3) determine if the reported decrease (increase) in net CO2 (CH4) exchange based on plot- (<1m2) and ecosystem-scale...
Principal Investigator:Olefeldt, David Licenced Year(s):
The project team intend to study carbon cycling in peatland catchments, in order to determine whether the interactions between wildfire and permafrost thaw causes increased release of greenhouse gases from peatlands and aquatic ecosystems to the atmosphere, and thus cause amplified climate change.
Given the overall objective of the project, the research team intend to address 5 research questi...
Principal Investigator:Turetsky, Merritt R. Licenced Year(s):
The research team aims to study if permafrost thaw in peatlands is linked to rapid losses of organic matter. The field work will focus on extracting a number of cores from different peatland sites that differ in their permafrost status and in fire history. By examining the peat layers in the core the team will be able to reconstruct the history of the site and to link changes in permafrost conditi...
Principal Investigator:Blais, Jules M Licenced Year(s):
The objectives of this research project are:
1) to determine the impact of shoreline expansion and forest/peat submergence from thawing permafrost on contaminant and carbon fluxes to lakes in the Yellowknife region;
2) to develop novel approaches to track terrestrial organic matter sources in lakes, in order to assess how climate warming and permafrost thaw are affecting the delivery of terrestr...
Principal Investigator:Osawa, Akira Licenced Year(s):2016201520142013
Main objective of the field work is to collect data in jack pine and black spruce forests on annual movement of organic matter and carbon. Additional objective is to conduct a regional study of stand development and its relationship to environmental factors in a several-square-kilometer study area of mostly black spruce.
Five methods will be used. 1) Soil and air temperature will be measured...
Principal Investigator:Hilton, Robert G Licenced Year(s):201320112010
The objective of this study are to quantify the amount of chemical weathering that takes place in the Mackenzie River Basin, to quantify how much weathering of silicate rocks is done by carbonic acid versus sulfuric acid, and to quantify the chemical weathering of fossil organic carbon. The overall aim is therefore to assess the carbon balance of the whole river basin and to place constraints on ...