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TitlePermafrost science at ESS: a workshop on GSC/CCRS scientific opportunities
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorWolfe, S AORCID logo (ed.)
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 6531, 2010, 29 pages; 1 CD-ROM, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingWorkshop on GSC/CCRS Scientific Opportunities; Ottawa, ON; CA; November 26, 2009
Documentopen file
MediaCD-ROM; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceYukon; Northwest Territories
NTS95; 96; 106; 107; 116; 117
AreaHerschel Island; Mackenzie Valley; Yukon River Basin; Alaska; Canada; United States of America
Lat/Long WENS-142.0000 -120.0000 70.0000 60.0000
Subjectssurficial geology/geomorphology; geophysics; engineering geology; environmental geology; permafrost; freezing ground; ground ice; ground temperatures; terrain sensitivity; terrain types; terrain analysis; arctic geology; remote sensing; satellite imagery; modelling; ecosystems; mapping techniques; landslide deposits; landslides; slope deposits; slope failures; slope stability; environmental impacts; environmental studies
Illustrationstables; satellite images; photographs; location maps
Released2010 04 19
AbstractThe permafrost region occupies approximately half of Canada's land mass. Knowledge of the distribution of permafrost and its physical properties is critical for understanding terrain stability in Arctic environments and is required information for any sort of infrastructure development (community, transportation or natural resource sector). This knowledge is becoming increasingly important as climate changes, since the distribution and characteristics of permafrost are highly correlated with climatic conditions.
The Earth Science Sector (ESS) provides Canada with multi-disciplinary permafrost expertise. Researchers at Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) apply information and data from a range of satellites to assist in mapping and better understanding permafrost environments as well as conducting change-detection studies. Researchers at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) employ a variety of field-based and thermal monitoring techniques to characterize permafrost and better understand terrain processes that may result under a changing climate. Both groups utilize various numerical modelling techniques to explain observed phenomena and to predict future conditions.
This workshop on Permafrost Science was convened to highlight the various types of permafrost expertise in ESS. In addition, this workshop identified gaps and possible opportunities for new collaborative permafrost research.

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