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A Monitoring Program to respond to Permafrost Thawing due to Climate Change

Submitted by Élyse Fournier 10th August 2017 14:26


Climate change is expected to reshape Canadian permafrost in many ways, which might impact northern infrastructure. A permafrost research and monitoring program was developed in 1984 by multiple federal government agencies and the Norman Wells pipeline operator Enbridge, allowing to gather valuable information about the interaction between the pipeline and permafrost and to compare actual and predicted impacts of climate change on the region. The 25-year-long record of ground temperatures indicates that permafrost is warming, which is consistent with recent increases in air temperature. Other relevant contributions of implementing and executing a collaborative monitoring program include the development of a model for monitoring and follow-up programs. Data sharing among stakeholders and the public is also a key factor to assure knowledge sharing, corporate transparency, and environmental awareness.

At a Glance

Country: Canada
Industry sector: Transmission, Distribution, and Transfer
Type of resources: Gas Oil
Type of energy: Fuel
Adaptation type: Informational Monitoring equipment and technology Management Re-organization and governance
Organization: Enbridge Pipelines
Organization type: Utility