A Program to Evaluate Changing Northern Lake Ice Regimes

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: physical sciences, water quality, ice thickness, snow depth

Principal Investigator: Dibike, Yonas (2)
Licence Number: 16539
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Licensed Year(s): 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Issued: May 14, 2019

Objective(s): To complete an on ice snow depth, ice thickness and composition survey along with collection under ice core water quality information.

Project Description: The objectives of this project are to complete an on ice snow depth, ice thickness and composition survey along with collection under ice core water quality information.

Sample locations from previous years are located using a handheld GPS. On ice, snow depth is measured using a tape measure. An ice auger is used to penetrate the ice cover and evaluate if white ice is present. If present, the depth is measured. The remaining ice cover is drilled using the ice auger. A measurement of total ice thickness is recorded. A measurement of hydrostatic water level is recorded. Under ice water quality is measured using an electronic water quality sonde (if available).

Field work to be completed by technical staff with ARI student/intern involvement if available.

Annual report of research activities will be provided. Research results will be presented in academic publication(s). Opportunities for community liaisons will be discussed with Aurora Research Institute.


The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from May 10, 2019 to June 30, 2019.