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TitleReconnaissance assessment of landscape hazards and potential impacts of future climate change in Cambridge Bay, western Nunavut
AuthorSmith, I RORCID logo; Forbes, D LORCID logo
SourceCanada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, Summary of Activities 2013, 2014 p. 159-170 Open Access logo Open Access
LinksOnline - En ligne
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20130304
PublisherCanada-Nunavut Geoscience Office
File formatpdf; html
AreaCambridge Bay
Lat/Long WENS-105.0000 -104.0000 69.2500 69.0000
Subjectssurficial geology/geomorphology; environmental geology; marine geology; Nature and Environment; climate; climate, arctic; climate effects; environmental studies; environmental impacts; landscape types; permafrost; sea level changes; sea level fluctuations; Climate change; Cenozoic; Quaternary
Illustrationslocation maps; photographs
ProgramCanada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, Funding Program
Released2014 01 01
AbstractThis paper presents observations of environmental conditions and landscape characteristics as they pertain to issues of infrastructure stability and sustainability that were recorded during a site visit in and around the hamlet ofCambridge Bay during the summer of 2009. Observational andmodel-based analysis of sea-level change was also investigated. This research is designed to assist the development of future community planning activities. It highlights issues of permafrost degradation, surface drainage, building pad construction and the potential for increased wave erosion in coastal areas, particularly beyond the hamlet's inner harbour where cabins may be located.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This is a report that considers the issue of how the environment in and around Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, affects the stability and design of community infrastructure such as roads, houses, and other buildings. Conditions such as how deep the surface thaws each summer, the presence of ice in sediments below the surface, drainage of meltwater, and the movement of sediments downslope are considered both in how they affect the community today, and how changes in these may occur in the future as a result of climate change. This report also looks at the issue of sea level change, and discusses what the effects of a rising or falling sea level may have on the present harbor, and along other coasts where cabins may be located.

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