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The Dehcho Collaborative on Permafrost (DCoP) is seeking highly motivated individuals for PhD and MSc research projects to investigate permafrost thaw-induced changes to the Dehcho’s land and water.
The Dehcho region of the southern Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada, is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth. Climate warming in the Dehcho has led to widespread permafrost thaw and land cover change that has disrupted the hydrological cycle and the ecosystems and human activities that depend on it. The patterns, rates, controls and mechanisms of permafrost thaw, and associated feedbacks and land cover transformations across the region remain poorly understood.
DCoP is co-led by the Dehcho First Nations (https://dehcho.org/) and the Scotty Creek Research Station (http://www.scottycreek.com/) and aims to generate a fusion of leading-edge scientific and Indigenous knowledge on permafrost, and to use it as a basis to co-develop new knowledge, predictive decision support tools and innovative risk management strategies to inventory and manage permafrost and adapt to permafrost thaw.
Specific graduate research projects will contribute to one or more of DCoP’s major objectives, including the development and mobilisation of new knowledge on permafrost thaw and thaw-induced changes, and the development and application of new, customised adaptive strategies and predictive modelling tools.
Research will be conducted at the Cold Regions Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada. Laurier is one of the fastest growing universities in Canada and is internationally-recognised for its expertise in cold regions research and education. The field research sites within the Dehcho will vary among the specific graduate student projects.
How to Apply:
For information on how to apply please contact Dr. William Quinton, Cold Regions Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada: firstname.lastname@example.org, 519-884-0710 (3281). Informal inquiries are always welcome.
Impacts of wildfire and permafrost thaw on carbon cycling in peatland-rich catchments in boreal western Canada.
Northern peatlands store globally significant amounts of soil carbon, and are located in regions undergoing the most rapid climate change. Two disturbances that are likely to strongly influence the future greenhouse gas exchange of northern peatlands are permafrost thaw and wildfire. Both of these disturbances are common and likely increasing in occurrence in the western boreal forest. Here I will give examples from recent and ongoing research on effects and interactions of wildfire and permafrost thaw on carbon cycling from peatland complexes along a latitudinal gradient from continuous to sporadic permafrost along the Mackenzie valley in western Canada. The studies focus on both peat plateaus, thermokarst bogs and thermokarst ponds, and has found both settings where the carbon storage is inert and vulnerable to future climate change. Our research focuses both on the greenhouse gas exchange of these ecosystems and their downstream export of dissolved organic matter.
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