Enhancing the resilience of the mining and transportation sectors to changes in permafrost and snow

This project aimed to enhance the resiliency of the mining and transportation sectors to climate change through the creation of knowledge products that transfer snow and permafrost information to industry decision-makers.

Overview

Researchers consolidated and identified gaps in existing knowledge, understanding and awareness of climate change impacts on permafrost and snow. Research was conducted through a comprehensive literature review and interviews with practitioners from both the mining and transportation sectors. The project team engaged with professionals in these sectors to understand their highest priority knowledge requirements with respect to climate change impacts on snow and permafrost.

Project deliverables included targeted information products tailored to the mining and ground-based transportation sectors. These products were created to address gaps identified by practitioners. The project also produced recommendations on additional courses of action that may be required in order to meet the needs of these sectors.

This project aimed to support decision makers in integrating climate change considerations into mining and transportation projects and planning as part of the Climate Change Information and Mainstreaming Program (CCIMP). This projected was funded by Natural Resources Canada under the title "Enhancing knowledge transfer to decision-makers with respect to climate change impacts on the cryosphere".

Team
  • Dr. Heather Auld, Snow lead, Principal Climate Scientist, Risk Sciences International
  • Dr. Neil Comer, Lead for climate change scenarios, project guidance, Senior Climatologist, Risk Sciences International
  • Al Douglas, Interviews and knowledge products testing, Director, OCCIAR
  • Lacia Kinnear, Project support and administration, Manager, Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College
  • John Streicker, Principal facilitator, Senior Science Advisor, Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College
  • Dr. Toni Lewkowicz, Permafrost advisor, University of Ottawa
  • Greg Cousineau, NWT Liaison and Facilitator. Senior Planner, Department of Transportation, Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Dr. David Pearson, Advisor, mining and climate change communication, OCCIAR/MIRARCO
Partners
  • Risk Sciences International
  • University of Ottawa
  • OCCIAR (Ontario Centre for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Resources)
  • Department of Transportation, Government of the Northwest Territories
  • MIRARCO
Funders

Funding from Natural Resources Canada in support of Canada's Adaptation Platform Northern Working Group