Michael Templeton, Yukon Government, Emergency Measures Organziation will present findings from his research on "Yukon Flood Plain Risk Mapping"
Summary: Yukon does not have sufficiently accurate elevation data needed to support water level modeling for communities bordered by rivers and lakes. Detailed modelling can assist in determining current and future vulnerable areas in and around communities thereby assisting in future flood preparedness planning; land use planning; and flood mitigation investments. Community Services-Emergency Measures Organization will work with contractors to conduct a LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) survey for 13 Yukon community-areas to acquire digital elevation data that will support accurate flood plain mapping to determine vulnerability.
Kam Davies, Yukon Government, Agriculture will present research on the "Effects of Melting Permafrost on Agriculture Capacity in Yukon"
Summary: Energy, Mines and Resources- Agriculture Branch researchers will identify challenges and barriers to agriculture on areas of changing permafrost conditions. The project will also examine challenges to the national agriculture capability classification systems as a result of changing permafrost conditions. Applying this information to the national agriculture capability ratings should increase the accuracy and consistency of the classification system within Yukon permafrost areas.