Caitlynn Hanna

Graduate Student Research Assistant


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Areas of Expertise:
Indigenous studies

Graduate Project Description:

The goal of this project is to help explain and understand the physical processes that are leading to an increasing amount of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in the Wulik River. With the increase of TDS it impacts human, animal, and ecosystem health. The hypothesis is that the increase of TDS is a result of a change in the permafrost regime. The objective is to identify current and susceptible areas of permafrost degradation. The tools employed to identify locations will be data analysis, remote sensing analysis, and permafrost modeling. The results will then be validated by performing field work and ultimately provided to our stakeholders to incorporate into their hazard mitigation plans.