Geography and Environmental Studies WLU
Northern hydrology in the Hay River Basin of Canada's Northwest Territories: active layer development and permafrost degredation.
A major challenge to cold regions hydrology and northern water resources management lies in predicting runoff dynamically in the context of widely occuring permafrost degredation. Meeting this challenge requires new knowledge of the mechanisms and rate of permafrost degredation, the influence of permafrost degredation on water drainage and storage patterns and processes, and appropriate mitgation strategies. The research project will contribute to the development of a new suite of science-based tools for predicting basin runoff in the context of degrading permafrost, needed for informed and sustainable management of northern water resources in the 21st century. The objective of this project is to 1) document the change in permafrost distribution over the 60 years at the southern boundary of permafrost: and 2) characterize the hydrological interaction among the major peatland types of this region.