Permafrost scientist based in Yukon are setting up a mobile research unit at the Yukon University Center. The initiative will be funded with a $400k donation the bank of Montreal extended.
The facility will enable the scientist to research permafrost on the region’s major roads and in remote areas, according to Fabrice Calmels, chair of the permafrost and geoscience department
The research station will be built in the form of a trailer and will have in it drilling, surveying, remote sensing and aerial mapping with drones.
Although the institution has looked into permafrost for many years, this facility will be the first of a kind, Calmel noted.
The researchers in this project are looking at busy days ahead. Their upcoming session will involve collaborative research into permafrost thaw and will partner with Vuntut and the champagne/Aishihik governments to help them deal with permafrost in their areas.
They will also work with the public works and transport Canada to come up with risk assessment measures for the Dempster and Alaska highways. They hope to come up with an alert system to warn motorists of impending hazards.