Principal Investigator:Pisaric, Michael FJ Licenced Year(s):
This research will continue the long term objective of documenting and understanding the impacts of recent climate change on northern terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The short term objectives of this research are: 1) to investigate the impacts of permafrost degradation and subsequent thaw slumping on freshwater ecosystems; 2) to examine the limnological implications of drained lakes on aquati...
Principal Investigator:Wrona, Frederick J Licenced Year(s):
The overall objective of this research is to improve the knowledge on lake ice and its effect on food webs/productivity in small Arctic lake systems in order to better predict changes that could occur under changing climate.
The research involves the automated ice buoy and instrumented subsurface mooring system for continuous monitoring of weather conditions, lake ice cover (formation, growth o...
Principal Investigator:Tonn, William Licenced Year(s):
The objectives of this research project are: to study the freshwater ecology, hydrology, and hydraulics of small lakes and streams in the Lac de Gras basin before habitat modification; to monitor the changes in ecosystem productive capacity resulting from habitat modifications designed to increase habitat connectivity and fish passage; and to assess the effectiveness of such habitat modifications ...
Principal Investigator:Quinlan, Roberto Licenced Year(s):201620152014
This study will examine the effects of permafrost and flooding on the ecological structure of contrasting lakes in the Mackenzie River Delta. Patterned ground marked by ice-wedge polygons is formed by freezing and thawing of the soil, which forms cracks into which ice can spread and cause the soil to uplift. These processes have effects on the hydrology and water chemistry of adjacent aquatic envi...
Principal Investigator:Tank, Suzanne E Licenced Year(s):
This study will examine the solar degradation of riverine dissolved organic carbon (DOC) to carbon dioxide (CO2) throughout the Mackenzie River Delta. During the spring runoff peak just before summer solstice, ice-jam flooding inundates the Delta with river water, which spreads out in a relatively thin layer over an extended area and is exposed to 24-hour Arctic sunlight. This water is then slowly...
Principal Investigator:Kramer, Tara Licenced Year(s):
The primary objective of this research program is to collect baseline data on:
1) water chemistry, limnologic profiles, sediments, plankton, benthic invertebrates and aquatic habitat; and,
2) fish presence and collection of fish tissue for metal analysis.
The Aquatics field program will be conducted in the spring of 2013. During the field program, the following samples will be coll...
Principal Investigator:Holmes, R. Max Licenced Year(s):201620152014
The Arctic Great Rivers Observatory project studies the six largest rivers in the Arctic; the Mackenzie and Yukon Rivers in North America and the Ob', Yenisey, Lena, and Kolyma Rivers in Russia. The research team is interested in how climate change is impacting Arctic rivers. The team will make measurements of the concentration of naturally-occurring chemicals (like carbon and nitrogen) and try to...
Principal Investigator:Laidlaw, Shawn Licenced Year(s):
The purpose of this project is to:
1) coordinate monitoring and research efforts in the watershed between the community, government, and universities;
2) understand current aquatic health of the watershed using water quality, macroinvertebrates, aquatic furbearers and fish as indicators of ecosystem health;
3) understand historical environmental change and contaminant loading in the watershed u...
Principal Investigator:Blais, Jules M Licenced Year(s):2013
This research will determine how the recent and dramatic climate changes in Arctic freshwater have affected the transport and fate of anthropogenic contaminants to freshwater systems, two of the largest threats facing northern communities and ecosystems. This research will develop new tools to examine how the fate of anthropogenic contaminants is affected in Arctic regions under different climate ...
Principal Investigator:Lamoureux, Scott F Licenced Year(s):
The research team seeks to obtain sediment cores from two lakes in order to reconstruct past river flow in the region. This work, which builds on similar efforts at "Shellabear" lake, NWT, and work at Cape Bounty (Nunavut), will focus on long term river flow characteristics and the climate factors that control them.
The fieldwork involves augering a hole in the lake ice and lowering a tube int...