Scotty Creek Field Station

Scotty Creek Research Station was founded in 1999, with Scotty Creek draining 152 km2 area of high boreal forest continuing discontinuous permafrost, with a high concentration of wetlands. Because the permafrost is relatively warm, thin and discontinuous, permafrost thaw is widespread. This is leading to a transformation of forested terrain to permafrost-free, tree-less wetlands. The research station is well equipped with Weatherhavens, internet, electricity, and a wide selection of scientific equipment around the watershed.

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Bill Quinton wquinton@wlu.ca (519) 814-0710 x 3281

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Owner
Wilfrid Laurier University

Membership
Regular Member

Website
www.scottycreek.com

Latitude
61.18

Longitude
-121.18

Location
50 km south of Ft. Simpson

Nearest Community
Fort Simpson

Territory/ Province
Northwest Territories

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
N/A

Facility Type
Seasonally-Operated Research Station, Seasonally-Operated Field Camp, Site for Observing/Monitoring

Research Hinterland
Discontinuous Permafrost, Forest, Freshwater, Interior, Lake, Ponds, Riparian, Streams, Taiga / Boreal forest, Terrestrial, Thermokarst Pond, Transitional Zone, Wetland

Main Research Disciplines
Biochemistry, Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Geocryology, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Isotopic chemistry, Limnology , Terrestrial biology/ecology

Research History
Research at this site in 1999 and has carried on to this day, with research focussed on permafrost and hydrology. Wilfrid Laurier University currently operates this site as part of the GNWT-Laurier Partnership and as one station of the CFI funded Changing Arctic Network. Research focus is expanding from primarily hydrological to consider many aspects of the environment including water quality, terrestrial ecology, permafrost melt, and carbon fluxes for example.

Current Projects
Permafrost thaw impacts on hydrology, ecology and atmospheric processes.

Power
Generator, Solar

Communications
Satellite phone, Internet, Computer

Local Transportation
Snowmobile, helicopter, floatplane

Equipment Storage
N/A

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities
Sleeping tents

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
Yes

Laboratory Facilities
Yes

Fuel Availability
N/A

Research Requirements
NWT Science Licence

Special Rules and Regulations
N/A

Local External Resources
N/A

Nearest Medical Service
Fort Simpson

Safety Considerations
First Aid, Firearms Safety, Bear training

Cost
N/A

Other Information
N/A

Last Updated
2016-05-27

Scotyty Field Crew

Scotty Field Crew