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A Synthesis of Three Decades of Eco-Hydrological Research at Scotty Creek, NWT, Canada

William Quinton1, Aaron Berg2, Michael Braverman1,3, Olivia Carpino1, Laura Chasmer4, Ryan Connon1, James Craig5, Élise Devoie1,5, Masaki Hayashi6, Kristine Haynes1, David Olefeldt7, Alain Pietroniro8, Fereidoun Rezanezhad9, Robert Schincariol10, and Oliver Sonnentag11 William Quinton et al.
  • 1Cold Regions Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Department of Geography, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • 3GHD Canada, Waterloo, ON
  • 4Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
  • 5Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • 6Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 7Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 8National Hydrology Research Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 9Water Institute and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • 10Department of Earth Sciences, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • 11Département de Géographie & Centre d'études nordiques, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Abstract. Scotty Creek, Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada, has been the focus of eco-hydrological research for nearly three decades. Over this period, field and modelling studies have generated new insights into the thermal and physical mechanisms governing the flux and storage of water in the wetland-dominated regions of discontinuous permafrost that characterizes much of the Canadian and circum-polar subarctic. Research at Scotty Creek has coincided with a period of unprecedented climate warming, permafrost thaw, and resulting land cover transformations including the expansion of wetland areas and loss of forests. This paper synthesizes field and modelling studies at Scotty Creek, and highlights the key insights of these studies on the major water flux and storage processes operating within and between the major land cover types. This paper also provides insights into the rate and pattern of the permafrost thaw-induced land cover change, and how such changes will affect the hydrology and water resources of the study region.

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This paper synthesizes nearly three decades of eco-hydrological field and modelling studies at Scotty Creek, Northwest Territories, Canada, highlighting the key insights into the major water flux and storage processes operating within and between the major land cover types of this wetland-dominated region of discontinuous permafrost. It also examines the rate and pattern of permafrost thaw-induced land cover change and how such changes will affect the hydrology and water resources of the region.
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