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Kluane Lake, Yukon, Canada

The Arctic Institute of North America is home to the Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS), located on the south shore of Lhù’ààn Mân (Kluane Lake), on the traditional lands of the Kluane, Champagne and Aishihik, and White River First Nations. The station was established in 1961 and has provided support to researchers from across Canada and around the world since that time.

Placement Details

This placement involves working as a research assistant to Kristina Penn, a University of Calgary PhD candidate working out of the Arctic Institute of North America’s Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS).

As the Kluane Lake watershed is influenced by glaciers, seasonal snow cover, mountains, plains, forested regions, and groundwater, Kristina’s research examines the Kluane Lake watershed, its hydrological connectivity, and role in greenhouse gas exchange with the atmosphere.  The unique location and size of Kluane Lake makes it a key indicator of climate change in the sub-arctic region.

Previous participants have assisted in the collection of hydrological data from the streams flowing into Kluane Lake. This fieldwork involved travelling to remote locations surrounding the lake. Other participant duties involve interpreting streamflow monitoring data to detect seasonal and daily streamflow cycles, creating a groundwater discharge map using thermal imagery, and participating in isotope data analysis.

Placement Category: Field Research and Monitoring

Placement Season: Summer, Fall

Placement Type: Rugged Field

2023 Participant Highlights


Participants Monica Izaguirre-Canales and Eden Perry

Of her placement with  KLRS, Monica shares the following testimonial: “I loved working at the Kluane Lake research station because I was able to meet with incredible visitors from Universities, experience groups, researchers, and individuals from the Yukon government. It was truly a privilege to learn from all the visitors and gain a wider perspective both personally and professionally”.

Eden adds, “the Ocean Pathways program provided me with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work alongside researchers, artists, and community members to better understand the water security and well-being of Lhù’ààn Mǟn (Kluane Lake). Beyond the project itself, being able to swim in the lake every day, joining other researchers on their fieldwork, and all the connections formed with people from all around the world made for a really immersive and memorable experience.”

Check out Eden’s @oceanwiseyouth feature here.

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