Research at the Apex River in Iqaluit is recently initiated (May 2013) collaborative research program aimed at understanding the hydrological and water quality response of the watershed to changing climatic and permafrost conditions. The Apex is an important river for the city of Iqaluit, and research there is motivated by interest and concerns by local residents, decision makers and the city about changing river flows and water quality. There is an abundance of local informal land use in the watershed, including fishing,water collection, berry picking, dog walking, travel and camping. This intense of land use demonstrates the need to for a thorough understanding of the hydrological and biogeochemical regimes in the watershed, especially in light of projected population growth and climate change.
This research project offers a unique opportunity to participate in arctic watershed research that is of direct and critical importance to northerners.
The overarching long-term goal of my research program is to develop an integrated understanding of the spatial and seasonal variability in the processes that drive drive water quality in arctic watersheds, and how changes in climate and permafrost will affect these processes and downstream ecosystems and communities.