|Title||A pilot project to increase public accessibility of permafrost information|
|Author||Smith, S L; O'Neill, H B; Wolfe, S A; Morse, P D; Kerr, D E; Brodaric, B; Kokelj, S V; Karunaratne, K C|
|Source||Yellowknife Geoscience Forum 2017 abstracts; by Irwin, D; Gervais, S D; Terlaky, V; Northwest Territories Geological Survey, Yellowknife Geoscience Forum Abstract and Summary Volume (2017), 2017. (Open
|Alt Series||Natural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20170267|
|Publisher||Yellowknife Geosciece Forum|
|Meeting||Yellowknife Geosciece Forum 2017; Yellowknife, NT; CA; 14-16 November 2017|
|Media||paper; on-line; digital|
|Subjects||Nature and Environment; permafrost; boreholes; data base management systems; data collections; Permafrost Information Network (PIN)\; Groundwater Information Network (GIN); public
|Abstract||Knowledge of the thermal and geotechnical properties of subsurface materials is critical for planning infrastructure development in permafrost regions. Data from borehole logs acquired during
geotechnical investigations and scientific research projects can further support engineering design and adaptation of infrastructure to climate change. Although such geotechnical borehole information is currently available in published database
compilations, such as Geological Survey of Canada Open Files, much of these data are in various formats, often in print form and not digitally accessible. A pilot project has been initiated to develop a Permafrost Information Network (PIN) to compile
and increase the accessibility of available records.|
The pilot project will make use of existing web architecture developed for the Groundwater Information Network (GIN), which connects a variety of groundwater information from federal,
provincial, and territorial sources. The goal of the PIN pilot project is to adapt the existing GIN capabilities for permafrost-related information, allowing users to view borehole locations, geotechnical properties, and stratigraphy through a web
application, and download the data for analysis. At the end of the initial testing phase, a limited amount of geotechnical information will be available through PIN. The future goal is to collaborate with additional data holders and connect to their
data compilations through PIN applications. This will allow federal and territorial organizations to make new information publicly available on an ongoing basis. Other types of information such as ground temperature records (time series data) can be
incorporated into PIN in the future.
Through multi-agency collaboration, the PIN initiative can address a critical need to increase access to baseline information to support decision making in northern Canada. It can also contribute to a broader
objective of developing a Canadian geoscience information network.
|Summary||(Plain Language Summary, not published)|
This poster will provide information on a pilot project to utilize an existing web-based framework to provide online access to permafrost data. The
initial testing phase utilizing published geotechnical borehole databases will be described which will make information on subsurface materials and ground ice conditions more readily available to users including those involved in infrastructure
development and climate change adaptation planning. The poster will also describe future steps in the development of a permafrost information network.