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Department of Natural Resources
To collect baseline data on climate-related variables linked to traditional food security. The program has two elements: monitoring the thermal regime of primary chinook and chum salmon migration habitat, and characterizing the thermal and chemical regimes and associated biological communities of groundwater discharges utilized by chinook salmon for rearing and overwintering habitat. In 2010, data loggers were installed on the Yukon River near the Klondike River and on two creeks downstream of Dawson. The thermal data loggers measure temperature within 0.2°C, every hour. As well, 10 sites were established near the Klondike River to analyse groundwater characteristics to serve as a basis for trend analyses of changing water quality related to permafrost melt.
Number of sites: 10?
Parameter measured: Water Chemistry - Inorganics, Water Chemistry - Nutrients, Water Chemistry - Metals, Water Chemistry - Physical
Period of record: 2010 to present
Sampling frequencies: Continuous
Data availability: Internal database at present. Broader availability pending.
Name: Bill Kendrick
Address: PO Box 599, Dawson City, Yukon, Y0B 1G0