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TitleDynamics of the Mackenzie River project
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorGalloway, JORCID logo
SourceNatural Resources Canada, General Information Product 142e, 2021, 1 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediadigital; on-line
RelatedThis publication is a translation of Dynamique du fleuve Mackenzie
File formatpdf
ProvinceNorthwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut; British Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan
NTS74; 75; 83; 84; 85; 86; 93; 94; 95; 96; 97; 104; 105; 106; 107; 116; 117
AreaMackenzie River; Gwich'in Settlement Area
Lat/Long WENS-141.0000 -104.0000 70.0000 52.0000
Subjectsenvironmental geology; hydrogeology; Science and Technology; Nature and Environment; Government and Politics; Economics and Industry; Information and Communications; Education and Training; environmental studies; environmental impacts; surface waters; rivers; watersheds; climate effects; temperature; stream flow; permafrost; ground ice; pollutants; transport mechanisms; petroleum industry; water quality; modelling; Environmental Geoscience Program; Geological Survey Of Canada; Mackenzie River Basin; Federal government; Federal programs; Scientific research; environmental baseline studies; Climate change; Natural resources; Resource development; Mining industry; Water supply; Trends; Hydrology; Decision making; Communities; Training; Collaborative research
ProgramEnvironmental Geoscience Program Management
Released2021 01 01; 2023 03 20
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
The Dynamics of the Mackenzie River project will study the long-term natural variability of baseline water quality and quantity of Canada's largest watershed, the Mackenzie River Basin (MRB). The MRB has experienced the highest temperature increase in Canada over the last half century. The warming has increased the streamflow of the basin. It is also thawing the permafrost and ground ice, which is altering the transfer of particulates, elements and organic carbon among the land, fresh water and the ocean. The MRB contains conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, oil sands, natural gas, and minerals and is essential for supporting communities through sustenance, as a cultural resource, and for transportation of goods and services. In this changing environment, it is important to have baseline data to determine the cumulative effects of climate change and natural resources development. Water quantity and quality monitoring of the MRB has been conducted since the early 1970s, but the brevity of this instrumental record makes it insufficient for understanding multi-decadal cycles and trends associated with climate phenomena.

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