Community members and researchers in the North are involved with various permafrost projects to assist decision-making on infrastructure development and land use planning.
The University of Saskatchewan and Yukon College have been awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant to make climate change research more relevant to northern indigenous communities.
The Changing Landscapes and Northern Ways of Life project will map how permafrost thaw impacts traditional land use in the communities of Old Crow, Yukon and Jean Marie River, Northwest Territories. Researchers will use art to share existing climate change research with the community and personalize climate change science. Together the Vuntut Gwitchin and Jean Marie River First Nations and researchers will develop a process for incorporating traditional knowledge, western science and current community priorities into northern indigenous community planning. The three-year project will be completed in the summer of 2018.
The Government of Nunavut has added a permafrost databank to its online Climate Change Centre. The data bank includes research results from a number of academic organizations studying permafrost in Nunavut. Built on a Google Maps interface, it is user-friendly and includes information on temperature, depth and type of permafrost. Visit the Nunavut permafrost databank at http://climatechangenunavut.ca/en/nunavut-permafrost-databank.