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Back for the future: Long-term observations of vegetation and snowcover in the High Arctic (149814)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: James Schaefer
Company: Trent University
Schedule:
Start Date: 2022-08-12
End Date: 2022-08-18
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Long-term observations are critical to understanding long-term environmental change. The Arctic tundra, under climate change, is expected to experience profound changes, including shrub encroachment and a disrupted snow regime. Direct, long-term field observations to monitor and assess these changes, however, are rare. The goal of this research project is to provide such data. In 1991, during my PhD research on Victoria Island, I established 80 permanent plots where I quantified the cover of plant species; I also monitored the hardness and thickness of snow during two winters. These field observations represent important data for assessing changes over the past quarter-century. They also represent valuable baseline data for the future. This proposal is to evaluate changes in the past 25 years in vegetation and snow conditions and to ensure sustained, long-term monitoring of those conditions. In August 2022, I will travel to the newly opened Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) to re-establish permanent plots. (I expect to relocate these sites precisely. In 1991, each site was laid out using a 100-m tape and marked with aluminum stakes.) Following the original protocols, I will quantify vegetation composition and abundance. In April 2023, I will return to measure snow hardness and thickness. I will evaluate changes using standard multivariate techniques, with a focus on changes over time (1991-93 v. 2022-23). Finally, I will ensure the continuation of these observations. I will photograph each plot; I will demonstrate field protocols to CHARS personnel; and I will archive the photographs and data for long-term use.
Summary of Modifications:
There are two minor modifications to this protocol: - A change in the start and end date of the fieldwork (delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic) to 12-18 August 2022 - A shift in the location of the field camp to the north (rather than south) side of the Ekalluk River, approximately 2 km north
Personnel:
Persons: 3
Days: 7
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
9073 polygon Ekalluktok – in the vicinity of Wellington Bay & Ferguson Lake, Victoria Island
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
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Material Use
Equipment
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Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
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Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
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Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.05 Buckets unnamed lake north of Ekalluk River
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
A small amount of daily food waste will be produced. Of this, the small quantity of compostible material (vegetable material, coffee grinds) will be carefully piled on site for decompositon. All other material (plastic, paper) will be returned to Cambridge Bay and deposited in the municipal waste collection. A small quantity of daily sewage waste will be produced. The crew will defecate in a designated area, well away from camp and open waterways, and allow the waste to decompose.
Waste Management
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Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-04-13
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 20163
Document Size: 596.18 Kb
2022-05-19 13:01:33, from: James Schaefer
 Dear NPC, This is an amendment to a previously approved protocol, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The field protocols and the objectives of this observational study of vegetation remain the same. I appreciate your consideration of this application. Sincerely, James Schaefer

2022-05-19 13:01:48, from: James Schaefer
 Dear NPC, This is an amendment to a previously approved protocol, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The field protocols and the objectives of this observational study of vegetation remain the same. I appreciate your consideration of this application. Sincerely, James Schaefer