Dr. Trevor Bell (Department of Geography)
Dr. Don Forbes (Department of Geography & Geological Survey of Canada)
Potential effects of climate change on landscape stability and community infrastructure in Kugluktuk, Nunavut.
My research site will be the community of Kugluktuk, a hamlet located along the coast of Coronation Gulf in western Nunavut. This community, as with others throughout the northern regions, stands to be strongly impacted by climate change and associated warming. In the case of Kugluktuk, these impacts will likely occur, at least in part, through the processes of ground subsidence and coastal erosion.
My research project will focus on understanding where and to what extent these processes may impact Kugluktuk, as identifying the sites of greatest vulnerability will inform community decisions on adaptation and future development. This will be achieved through mapping the distribution of ground ice in the community, as well as surveying the local coastline.
- Geomorphology (periglacial, karst, alpine/glacial, coastal)
- Natural hazards