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Project Details

Project dates
27/06/2021  – 20/09/2021
Location
Kluane Lake Research Station (Arctic Institute of North America), Yukon, Canada

Nadja Smith-Hanson

Project Lead

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This past summer, Nadja took part in fieldwork which involved travelling to remote locations surrounding the lake and assisting with boat-based work on the lake to collect and prepare water samples. As well, Nadja worked on a lot of data analysis for this relevant climate change research!

Project Description

The Kluane Lake Research Station is located 220 km northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon, on the traditional lands of the Kluane, Champagne-Ashihik and White River First Nations. The station was established in 1961 and has provided support to researchers from across Canada and around the world.

The area’s geographic diversity is reflected in the unique scientific legacy of KLRS across the disciplines of glaciology, geomorphology, geology, biology, botany, zoology, hydrology, limnology, climatology, physiology, anthropology and archaeology and in over 1500 scientific publications, many of which are described in the Kluane Lake Research Station Bibliography! The unique location and size of Kluane Lake (Lhù’ààn Män in Southern Tutchone) makes it a key indicator of climate change in the sub-arctic region. The fieldwork that our Ambassador is assisting with this summer involves travelling to remote locations surrounding the lake and boat-based work on the lake to collect and prepare water samples.

This past summer, Nadja took part in fieldwork which involved travelling to remote locations surrounding the lake and assisting with boat-based work on the lake to collect and prepare water samples. As well, Nadja worked on a lot of data analysis for this relevant climate change research!

Nadja’s placement was focused on climate research, which is particularly important in Northern Canada where the impacts of climate change are causing major changes. As well as the research, Nadja also took any chance she could to help children and youth in the Yukon learn about the environment.

Biggest Challenge

The climate change research project was a very large project – larger than anticipated – and at times, the data input was overwhelming. Nadja had to work hard and manage her time to complete it, which she ultimately did!

Valuable Takeaway

Nadja made several connections, both personally and professionally, that she is looking forward to staying in contact with.

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