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TitleNorman Wells Pipeline Monitoring Sites Ground Temperature Data File: 1987
AuthorBurgess, M M; Naufal, J A
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 1987, 1989, 150 pages, (Open Access)
Documentopen file
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceAlberta; Northwest Territories
NTS84M; 85D/04; 95A/09; 95A/16; 95H; 95J; 95O; 96C; 96F/04; 96E/01; 96E/08
AreaNorman Wells; Mackenzie River
Lat/Long WENS-128.0000 -112.0000 66.0000 58.0000
Subjectsgeophysics; environmental geology; pipelines; temperature; ground temperatures; permafrost; environmental impacts; terrain sensitivity
Released1989 03 01; 2008 03 25; 2008 04 08
AbstractThe Permafrost Research Section of the Geological Survey of Canada, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, cooperates with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs and Interprovincial Pipe Line Ltd. (IPL), in a long term ground thermal regime monitoring program along the Norman Wells to Zama pipeline. The program is designed to examine the effects of the construction and operation of the Norman Wells pipeline on permafrost and terrain conditions and to evaluate the approaches used to minimize terrain disturbance. The program focuses on thirteen main monitoring sites representing a cross section of the terrain conditions encountered by the buried, "ambient" temperature, oil pipeline as it traverses the discontinuous permafrost zone. These monitoring sites established during the construction period are instrumented with multi thermistor cab les to measure pipe temperatures and ground temperatures both on and off the right-of-way. Since pipeline operation began in April 1985, additional cables have been installed to instrument 1) five thaw settlement sites drilled by IPL in 1986, 2) additional boreholes drilled at existing government monitoring locations, and 3) deep (>90 m) boreholes drilled for climate change studies along the pipeline corridor. This report is a collection of the data gathered in 1987 from all cables at the government monitoring sites (in total over 145 cables). Data are presented both graphically and in tabular form.