This project mapped hazard risks for Yukon communities. Hazard maps serve as an adaptation planning tool that can support responsible, forward-looking decisions related to climate change impacts on communities.
The maps integrate landscape hazards related to permafrost, surficial geology and hydrology in Yukon communities. They also consider potential future risk in response to changes in climate.
The work is accomplished by gathering and mapping geoscience data in Yukon study communities, including information about local climate, geology, permafrost, and hydrology. Projections of future climate variability for each study community are used to identify potential future trajectories of change.
The project team used the geoscience data to rank hazard risks in a study community, and creates a map showing hazard risks using stoplight colours. By incorporating projections of future climate variability, hazard maps reflect both current and potential future conditions.
Hazard maps can be used by communities and First Nations as part of the adaptation planning process, and are also useful for engineers, planners, consultants, and all levels of governmental and non-governmental decision-makers.
Hazard maps have been completed for:
- Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay
- Pelly Crossing
- Ross River
- Dawson City
- Old Crow
Download completed maps and reports by using the links to the right.
Scientist or superhero? Check out landscape hazard mapping in comic form!
Surficial geology team:
- Kristen Kennedy, Panya Lipovsky and Jeff Bond, Yukon Geological Survey, Energy Mines and Resources, Yukon Government
- Louis-Philippe Roy and Dr. Fabrice Calmels, Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College
- Dr. Daniel Fortier, Isabelle de Grandpre and Kate Grandmont, Department of Geography, Universite de Montreal
- Dr. Antoni Lewkowicz, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa
- Dr. Sarah Laxton, Yukon Geological Survey, Energy, Mines and Resources, Yukon Government
- First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun
- Kluane First Nation
- Ross River Dena Council
- Selkirk First Nation
- Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation
- Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
- City of Dawson
- Town of Faro
- Town of Mayo
- Yukon Geological Survey, Energy, Mines and Resources, Yukon Government
- University of Montreal
- University of Ottawa
- University of Alberta
With collaboration from:
- Yukon Government (Site Assessment and Remediation Unit, Emergency Measures Organization)
- Yukon College community campuses
- CH2M HILL
- Canadian Forest Service
- Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, with in-kind support from project partners and collaborators
- Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay Landscape Hazards: Final Report
- Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay Landscape Hazards: Hazards classification map
- Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay Landscape Hazards: Surficial geology map
- Pelly Crossing Landscape Hazards: Geological Mapping for Climate Change Adaptation Planning (report)
- Pelly Crossing Landscape Hazards: Ranked Hazards Classification Map
- Pelly Crossing Landscape Hazards: Surficial Geology Map
- Mayo Landscape Hazards: Geological Mapping for Climate Change Adaptation Planning
- Mayo Landscape Hazards: Ranked Hazards Classification Map
- Mayo Landscape Hazards: Surficial Geology Map