Richard Janowicz, Yukon Government, Water Resources will present research on the "Sensitivity of Yukon Hydrological Response to Climate Warming: A Case Study for Sectoral Climate Change Adaptation".
Summary: Environment Yukon-Water Resources Branch researchers will conduct a sensitivity assessment of hydrological response to climate warming and associated permafrost thawing using the Cold Regions Hydrological Model (CRHM) at the Wolf Creek Research Basin. Researchers will apply the CRHM model to other Yukon regions to provide the necessary climate warming sensitivity information to support development of adaptation strategies.
Bronwyn Benkert, Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon College, will be speaking about research on the "Vulnerability of the North Alaska Highway to Climate Change".
Summary: The northern 200 km of the Alaska Highway, between Destruction Bay and the Yukon/Alaska border north of Beaver Creek, YT, is built on permafrost terrain. Recognizing that permafrost thaw under the highway alignment affects the integrity of the road, Highways and Public Works (HPW; Yukon Government) and the Northern Climate ExChange (NCE; Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College) partnered on a project that assesses thaw sensitivity of permafrost in the highway corridor. NCE permafrost researchers developed a research project focusing on permafrost mapping and characterization in order to describe current permafrost conditions under the highway alignment. Based on this characterization, researchers are identifying particularly thaw-sensitive areas in response to both disturbance and climate change impacts, and developing recommendations regarding potential mitigation and adaptation strategies to support road monitoring, maintenance and repairs. Project results will assist HPW in ensuring transportation security along this important route.