Beaver Creek Permafrost Test Site

Twelve full scale instrumented highway test embankments involving various adaptation techniques to address the impacts of melting permafrost on highways constructed over ice rich permafrost terrain.

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Muhammad Idrees (867) 335-0575
Secondary Contact Paul Murchison (867) 633-7930

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Government of Yukon

Regular Member



Located on Alaska Highway

Nearest Community
Beaver Creek

Territory/ Province

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
The research facility is located within White River First Nation traditional territory

Facility Type
Year-Round Experimental Research Station, Site for Observing/Monitoring

Research Hinterland
Forest, Sporadic Ice Rich Permafrost

Main Research Disciplines
Environmental Sciences, Soil Science, Permafrost Engineering related to Transportation

Research History
Ground temperature data has been collected since the mid-1990s. Experimental test embankments were constructed and instrumented in 2008; since then data is being collected

Current Projects
Air Convection Embankments (ACE); Heat Drains; Snow / Sun Sheds; High Albedo surfacing; Cooling Ducts; Snow plowing techniques; vegetative techniques; Styrofoam insulation


Satellite to Yukon Government SCADA site

Local Transportation
Vehicle rental available in Whitehorse Yukon

Equipment Storage

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities
Commercial accommodation & hotels are available in Beaver Creek

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
Restaurant in Beaver Creek

Laboratory Facilities
No lab at site

Fuel Availability
Available in different communities along the Beaver Creek

Research Requirements
External researchers need Yukon Government permit

Special Rules and Regulations
Data is managed by Transportation Engineering Branch, Yukon Department of Highways & Public Works

Local External Resources

Nearest Medical Service
Beaver Creek Nursing Station

Safety Considerations
Bear safety training, First Aid, Traffic signs and relevant OH&S Trainings

No cost for access to existing data. Cost of new experiments would be borne by proponent.

Other Information
Located on the Alaska Highway which was constructed in 1942 to support the defense of North America during World War II, and is currently a key transportation route to Alaska.

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