Active Layer Monitoring Network in the Mackenzie Valley

Regions: Gwich'in Settlement Area, Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region

Tags: physical sciences, active layer, climate change, thaw depth

Principal Investigator: Nixon, Mark (15)
Licence Number: 12787
Organization: Geological Survey of Canada
Licensed Year(s): 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1995
Project Team: A. Taylor, F. Wright

Objective(s): To measure regional and site variability in maximum active layer development and vertical surface movement over permafrost. To monitor sites over time in order to observe trends, perhaps resulting from climatic change.

Project Description: For this ongoing study, measurements such as maximum depth of thaw and soil surface movements, recorded after previous visit, will be collected. Monitoring apparatus will be reset this season. Sites in the Mackenzie Delta, from Tsiigehtchic (Arctic Red River) to Tuktoyaktuk will be visited in mid-April. Most sites from Fort Simpson to Tuktoyaktuk will be visited during late July, early August.