Trail Valley Creek Research Station

Trail Valley Creek Research Station was founded in 1991, with the watershed draining 58 km2 area of tundra with patches of shrubs and forest. The site is underlain by continuous permafrost, with very high ground ice content. Expansion of shrubs across the watershed is resulting in substantial changes in snow cover, evapotranspiration, active layer thickness, and stream discharge. The research station is well equipped with Weatherhavens, internet, electricity, and a wide selection of scientific equipment around the watershed.

Camp Snow

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Philip Marsh pmarsh@wlu.ca (519) 814-0710 x 2856

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Owner
Wilfrid Laurier University

Membership
Regular Member

Website
www.trailvalleycreek.ca

Latitude
68.45

Longitude
-133.30

Location
East of the Mackenzie Delta, west of the Eskimo Lakes

Nearest Community
Inuvik

Territory/ Province
Northwest Territories

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Inuvialuit Settlement Region

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

Research Hinterland
Continuous Permafrost, Forest, Freshwater, Interior, Lake, Ponds, Shrub Tundra, Streams, Taiga / Boreal Forest, Terrestrial, Thermokarst Pond, Transitional Zone, Treeland, Tundra

Main Research Disciplines
Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Geocryology, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Terrestrial biology/ecology

Research History
Water Survey Canada began monitoring Trail Valley Creek in the 1980’s, and National Hydrology Research Centre began research at this site in 1991. This has carried on to this day, with research focussed on snow, 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
Changing Arctic Network; ArcticNet; POLAR; NSERC

Power
Generator, Solar, Wind, External Electrical Grid

Communications
Satellite phone, Internet, Computer, Printer/Scanner

Local Transportation
Snowmobile. Helicopter. As of 2017, the Inuvik-Tuk Highway.

Equipment Storage
Seacan + tents

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities
Sleeping tents

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
Yes

Laboratory Facilities
Yes

Fuel Availability
Small amount

Research Requirements
NWT Science Licence

Special Rules and Regulations
N/A

Local External Resources
N/A

Nearest Medical Service
Inuvik

Safety Considerations
First Aid, Firearms Safety, Bear training

Cost
$75/day

Other Information
N/A

Last Updated
2016-05-27

MainMet Snow

Tundra_Bit of Snow

TVC Camp

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