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Hazard Mapping in Yukon Communities

Established: April 2010

Project Completed: August 10, 2016

This project mapped hazard risks for Yukon communities. Hazard maps serve as an adaptation planning tool that can support responsible, forward-looking decisions related to climate change impacts on communities.

The maps integrate landscape hazards related to permafrost, surficial geology and hydrology in Yukon communities. They also consider potential future risk in response to changes in climate.

The work is accomplished by gathering and mapping geoscience data in Yukon study communities, including information about local climate, geology, permafrost, and hydrology. Projections of future climate variability for each study community are used to identify potential future trajectories of change.

The project team used the geoscience data to rank hazard risks in a study community, and creates a map showing hazard risks using stoplight colours. By incorporating projections of future climate variability, hazard maps reflect both current and potential future conditions.

Hazard maps can be used by communities and First Nations as part of the adaptation planning process, and are also useful for engineers, planners, consultants, and all levels of governmental and non-governmental decision-makers. 

Hazard maps have been completed for:

  • Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay
  • Mayo
  • Pelly Crossing
  • Ross River
  • Faro
  • Dawson City
  • Old Crow

Download completed maps and reports by using the links to the right.

Scientist or superhero? Check out landscape hazard mapping in comic form!

Project Team

Project coordinator:

Dr. Bronwyn Benkert, Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College

Surficial geology team:

Kristen Kennedy, Panya Lipovsky and Jeff Bond, Yukon Geological Survey, Energy Mines and Resources, Yukon Government

Permafrost team:

Louis-Philippe Roy and Dr. Fabrice Calmels, Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College
Dr. Daniel Fortier, Isabelle de Grandpre and Kate Grandmont, Department of Geography, Universite de Montreal
Dr. Antoni Lewkowicz, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa
Dr. Sarah Laxton, Yukon Geological Survey, Energy, Mines and Resources, Yukon Government

Hydrology team:

Dr. Bronwyn Benkert, Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College
Dr. Ian Clark, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa

Project Partners

First Nations:

First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun
Kluane First Nation
Ross River Dena Council
Selkirk First Nation
Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation
Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation

Municipal governments:

City of Dawson
Town of Faro
Town of Mayo

Research Partners:

Yukon Geological Survey, Energy, Mines and Resources, Yukon Government
University of Montreal
University of Ottawa
University of Alberta

With collaboration from:

Yukon Government (Site Assessment and Remediation Unit, Emergency Measures Organization)
Yukon College community campuses
CH2M HILL
Canadian Forest Service

Project Funders

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, with in-kind support from project partners and collaborators