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Feds funding permafrost research along NWT highways

Government of the Northwest Territories will receive $800,000 to support research at test sites along the Dempster and Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk highways and to develop, manage and share a database of permafrost information.


The federal government has announced a new climate change adaptation research project under the Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative.

The Government of the Northwest Territories will receive $800,000 to support research at test sites along the Dempster and Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk highways and to develop, manage and share a database of permafrost information. The project is related to earlier programs announced through the Initiative.

Starting this year and ending in March 2021, this project will support the Territory in managing research along highway corridors that are drawing researchers from across the country and around the world.

This project will improve the understanding of how climate change is affecting northern roads and highways built in permafrost regions. As a result, northern asset owners will be able to make informed decisions about design, construction, maintenance, and operations to increase resilience and better manage long term costs.