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Hydrological Implications of Changes in Climate, Snow, Vegetation and Permafrost (Northern Water Futures (NWF))

Modelling interactions between climate, vegetation, snow, permafrost, and hydrology to understand impact of climate change on aquatic ecosystems and coastal environments.

  • Research location: Havikpak Creek, Trail Valley Creek, and sites along the Dempster and Inuvik to Tuk Highway (ITH)
  • Contact: Phil Marsh


How Will Fish Communities in Gwich’in and Inuvialuit Lakes Respond to Climate Change?

Developing models to predict future changes in fish species distributions under climate change scenarios along the NWT North-South transportation corridor.

  • Research location: Dempster Highway between Fort McPherson – Inuvik. ITH between Inuvik – Tuktoyaktuk
  • Contact: Derek Gray and Sapna Sharma

Impact of Ferry Landings on Water Quality and Fish Communities in the Peel and Mackenzie Rivers

Combining limnology and traditional knowledge to examine how the annual construction of ferry landings impacts water quality and fishing.


Impacts of Permafrost Thaw on Invertebrate Communities in Gwich’in and Inuvialuit Lakes

Examining invertebrate communities in lakes impacted by retrogressive thaw slumping versus those without obvious permafrost degradation.

  • Research location: Dempster Hwy between Inuvik -Fort McPherson. ITH between Inuvik - Tuktoyaktuk
  • Contact: Derek Gray


Permafrost Terrain Sensitivity

Evaluating the accuracy of RADARSAT-2 DInSAR products using fine-scale geomorphological maps and field-based studies, along with additional remote sensing tools.

  • Research location: ITH
  • Contact: Ashley Rudy


Understanding the Impact of Shrub Expansion on the Tundra

Characterization of the impact of tall shrub patches on soil, snow, and permafrost conditions and the resulting impacts on tundra biodiversity.


Climate Change Vulnerability

An assessment of how climate change is affecting, and predicted to influence, ecological changes and the implications for park management, ecological integrity, and traditional lifestyles.

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