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Examining changes to forest and permafrost distribution in the southern Northwest Territories and northeastern British Columbia

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dc.contributor.advisor Berg, Aaron Carpino, Olivia 2017-11-29T19:34:18Z 2017-11-29T19:34:18Z 2017-11 2017-10-06 2017-11-29
dc.description.abstract The Canadian subarctic is currently among the most impacted regions in the world as it is experiencing rapid climatic and environmental change. This has led to unparalleled permafrost degradation, which has important implications for wide-ranging boreal peatland landscapes and the associated local hydrology and ecology. Determining and monitoring the state of underlying permafrost as well as the patches of forest above them has risen to the forefront of subarctic research given the dramatic and broad-scale land cover changes that are presently being observed. The first manuscript and second chapter of this thesis examines the amount and rate of change to landcover between the 1970s and present-day. This study also addresses changes to these landcover variations across a latitudinal gradient by considering climatic and environmental factors that correspondingly vary with latitude. The second manuscript and third chapter of this thesis evaluates landcover as a predictor of underlying permafrost presence or absence. The findings of these chapters will aid in furthering the understanding of the relationship climate change has on accelerating permafrost and forest loss in Canada’s subarctic. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thank you to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for their financial support of this project. This project was also graciously funded through the Consortium for Permafrost Ecosystems in Transition through the Cold Regions Research Centre. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.subject permafrost en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject boreal forest en_US
dc.subject peatland en_US
dc.subject subarctic en_US
dc.title Examining changes to forest and permafrost distribution in the southern Northwest Territories and northeastern British Columbia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Geography en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Geography en_US
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