Katherine Wilson

Email: kjw314[at]mun[dot]ca


Dr. Trevor Bell (Department of Geography)
Dr. Gita Ljubicic (Department of Geography – Carleton University)

Previous Education 

Masters of Arts, Geography, Specialization in Geomatics, Geography Department, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. Masters Thesis, "Ice Motion Dynamics in the 1998 North Water Polynya (NOW) Season. Validation and Monitoring Using RADARSAT-1 SCW data and the Canadian Ice Service Ice Tracking Algorithm". 2000.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Geography, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. 1994

Title of Project

How can local and traditional knowledge (LTK) and western science be effectively mobilized to aid community sea-ice decision-making in Pond Inlet, Nunavut.

Research Project Description

The purpose of this research is to better understand the barriers and successes of mobilizing LTK and to develop and evaluate a conceptual framework to help northern and scientific communities better collect and integrate LTK into research and monitoring programs.

Research Interests 

• Integrating LTK of sea ice with western science
• Community based monitoring of sea ice
• Space based earth observation systems to monitor sea ice from above
• Oceanographic observation systems to monitor sea ice from underneath


B. Alt., K. Wilson, T. Carrieres. A Case Study of Old Ice Import and Export through Peary and Sverdrup Channels in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago: 1998-2004. Annals of Glaciology. 2007.

K.J. Wilson, J. Falkingham, H. Melling and R. De Abreu. Paper and Presentation, Shipping in the Canadian Arctic: Other Possible Climate Change Scenarios. International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Sept 2004, Anchorage, Alaska.

K. Wilson, B. Alt, A. Tivy, and T. Carrieres. Presentation, Canadian Long-range Ice Forecasting: Initial Work in Hudson Bay. 17th International Association of Hydraulics Research (IAHR) International Symposium on Ice, June 21-25, 2004, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Falkingham, J., Melling, H., and K.J. Wilson (2002). Weathering Change: Shipping in the Canadian Arctic: Possible Climate Change Scenarios. Northern Climate Exchange Newsletter, 4-5.

Wilson, K. J., D. G. Barber and D. J. King (2001). A Case Study in Tracking 1998 Spring Ice Dynamics in Smith Sound, North Water Polynya Region using RADARSAT-1 data. Annals of Glaciology, 33: 413-418.

K.J. Wilson, D.G. Barber and D.J. King, (2001). Validation and Production of RADARSAT-1 Derived Ice Motion Maps in The North Water Polynya (NOW), January - December 1998. Atmosphere and Ocean, 39(3): 257-278.


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