Mass Balance of Arctic Glaciers and Arctic Pollution

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: physical sciences, climate change, glaciology, snow, pollution, ice cap

Principal Investigator: Koerner, Roy M (9)
Licence Number: 14326
Organization: Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources, Canada
Licensed Year(s): 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Issued: Apr 04, 2008
Project Team: Roy Koerner (Leader, Geological Survey Canada), Dr David Burgess (co/investigator, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing)

Objective(s): The objectives of this ongoing research project are: (a) to monitor climate change by measuring the changing volume of the ice cap and maintaining an automatic weather station, and (b) to monitor air and snow pollution by sampling snow and sending it to be analyzed.

Project Description: The objectives of this ongoing research project are: (a) to monitor climate change by measuring the changing volume of the ice cap and maintaining an automatic weather station, and (b) to monitor air and snow pollution by sampling snow and sending it to be analyzed.

Based out of the Polar Continental Shelf Project in Resolute Bay, NU, two personnel will fly by Twin Otter to the ice cap, and live for two or three days in a small hut constructed on the side of the ice cap. Travel on the ice cap is by snowmobile. Part of the work involves measuring poles drilled into the ice to see if more ice and snow is melting than is accumulating. An automatic weather station provides a year-round record of snowfall and temperature. Exact dates of work depend on weather (mid April). Small samples (100g) of snow will be collected, and sent to for analysis in Ottawa to check for the acid content of the snow.

Posters of the research and a CD of a CBC interview and a BBC documentary will be sent to ARI and the communities.
Fieldwork will be conducted from April 05 to 10, 2008 at the Melville Ice Cap (75 27'N, 115W).