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TitleGround thermal data collection along the Alaska Highway easement (KP 1559-1895) Yukon, summer 2014
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorSmith, S LORCID logo; Ednie, M
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 7762, 2015, 27 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediadigital; on-line
RelatedThis publication is related to the following publications
File formatpdf
NTS105D/13; 105D/14; 115A/13; 115A/14; 115A/15; 115A/16; 115B/16; 115F/15; 115F/16; 115G/01; 115G/02; 115G/05; 115G/06; 115G/07; 115G/11; 115G/12; 115G/13; 115K/02; 115K/07; 115K/10
AreaAlaska Highway Corridor
Lat/Long WENS-141.0000 -134.0000 62.7500 60.7500
Subjectssurficial geology/geomorphology; engineering geology; Nature and Environment; freezing ground; ground ice; ground temperatures; permafrost; thermal analyses; Cenozoic; Quaternary
Illustrationslocation maps; tables; photographs; graphs; histograms
ProgramClimate Change Geoscience Risk Analysis
Released2015 02 24
AbstractGround temperature data were acquired in summer 2014 from eight boreholes instrumented in summer 2013 along the Alaska Highway easement between KP1559 and the Alaska border. Permafrost was found to be present at six boreholes and was generally at temperatures above -0.7°C except near the Alaska border where permafrost temperature was -3°C. Summer thaw depths at permafrost sites range from 0.8 to 2.4 m. A warm period in January 2014, during which air temperatures rose above 0°C, appears to have had an impact on shallow winter ground temperatures at most sites. The information provided contributes to the characterization of regional permafrost conditions and supports decisions regarding development projects in the region, climate change assessments and adaptation planning.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
In July 2013, eight boreholes on the Alaska Highway easement between Haines Junction and the Alaska border were instrumented to measure ground temperatures to improve characterization of permafrost conditions. This information is required for terrain sensitivity assessments and planning northern development (eg. pipeline, highway) to ensure infrastructure and environmental integrity. Data collected, in collaboration with the Yukon Research Centre, in summer 2014 provided a one-year record of ground temperatures. Although permafrost in this section of the corridor is generally warmer than -1°C, permafrost as cold as -3°C was found near the Alaska border.

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