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Working towards a Canadian Permafrost Network, in Whitehorse

 

Some of the people who attended the Permafrost Research Network meeting in Whitehorse

 

Pascale (and Florent) travelled from Churchill to Whitehorse on October 12-14 to participate in the writing of a Strategic Network Grant application focused on permafrost.

Permafrost researchers from across the country are joining efforts with government, community, and industry partners to propose a network that will align permafrost research with decision-making, help fill geographical knowledge gaps in the Canadian North, train the next generation of experts, and  position Canada as a leader in permafrost science.

The meeting was a dynamic and productive event, where new connections were made and existing ones solidified, and where good progress was made towards a network of fruitful collaborations reaching for common goals. All in all an exciting week-end!

 

Hard at work during a break out session

Entrevue à Radio-Canada

Pascale était en entrevue à Radio-Canada le 22 octobre 2018 pour parler de sa recherche sur le pergélisol avec Caroline Borduas et Isabelle Fleury.

Pascale avec Caroline Borduas au studio de radio-Canada à Sudbury

Voici les liens vers l’entrevue (en deux temps) partie 1 et partie 2.   Bonne écoute!

 

Fieldwork near Peawanuck

 

 

Adam  joined Maara Packalen and Jim McLaughlin from the OMNR-F to conducted field  work from August 18th to 27th  near Peawanuck, Ontario, in the traditional territory of Winisk First Nation.

 

 

 

Before data collection, Adam, Jim, Maara, and other researchers from OMNRF participated in a 4 day outreach event (15th to 18th) to meet new community members, and reinforce existing relationships. The group of researchers camped at Hawley lake with approximately 30 community members, including  youth and elders, and conducted demonstrations and workshops. Adam got to dig a big pit with the kids to show them what permafrost is and where it is found, which was a big hit because kids enjoy playing in the mud, and so do permafrost researchers! Adam and Jessica, an OMNRF intern, had a chance to discuss opportunities for youth in science and research. This event was organized by Sam hunter, the community environmental steward.

 

 

 

An icy permafrost core from the interface between organics and mineral sediment beneath a palsa

 

 

After the camping trip, field work began to the east of Peawanuck, where Adam collected cores of active layer peat, permafrost, and thermokarst from palsas and peat plateaus. One of the cores that had over 50 cm of pure ice! He also installed stakes fitted with small temperature data loggers to monitor snow pack development through the winter, and temperature sensors into the top of permafrost to report on the relationship between snow pack and palsa degradation.

 

 

 

Adam loves field work… and helicopters

 

Though tired at the end of the trip, Adam, Jim, and Maara were happy with the work accomplished and sad to leave Peawanuck until next year.

Field work in the Blackstone Uplands, Yukon

Fieldwork in the Blackstone Uplands (August 2nd to 22nd, 2018) was uneventful this year, although the weather was rather cold and rainy. Below are some photos of Maude (who joined the trip to lend a hand), Pascale, and baby-Florent in the field.

 

Pascale visiting the basin of a drained seasonal pond

Maude setting up temperature sensors in a thermokarst initiation feature

Pascale and Florent downloading data loggers

Candice, Adam, and Mary present at the International Geographical Union meeting in Quebec City

Candice, Adam, and Mary presented their research at the joint International Geographical Union and Canadian Association of Geographers Meeting in Quebec City, from August 6th to 10th, 2018 .

Candice, Adam, and Mary at the 2018 International Geographical Union conference in Quebec City.

Candice presented a poster with the results of her BSc thesis work on permafrost distribution near Fort Severn, ON and Mary presented a poster on her MSc thesis work on the effects of increased moisture on the thermal regime of the active layer.

Mary (left) and Candice (right) discussed their work with other conference attendees during the poster session.

Adam presented a combination of his BSc and MSc thesis results in an oral presentation that took place in the Natural Hazards and Climate session. The abstract is available here.

Adam presenting his BSc thesis results along with some preliminary results from his MSc during the session on Climate and Natural Hazards.

Once the hard work done, everyone enjoyed some time to visit Quebec City.

Enjoying some time in Quebec City