'Mapping to spatial variability of permafrost in a northern peatland complex' - GEOG 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Nigel Roulet

Supervisor's Email: nigel.roulet [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 1-514-398-4945

Supervisor's Website: http://www.geog.mcgill.ca/faculty/roulet/

Supervisor's department: Geography

Course number: GEOG 396 (Geography)

Term: Winter 2012-2013

Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Project title: Mapping to spatial variability of permafrost in a northern peatland complex

Project description (50-100 words suggested): With changes in temperature and snow many northern peatlands are beginning to loss permafrost either as an increase in active layer depth or with the complete disappearance of permafrost.  This is turn alters the spatial distribution of surface elevation and hence water storage.  This should change the distribution of the dominant plant species.  In this project we will examine the spatial correspondence among surface elevation, water table depth, active layer depth, and vegetation pattern in the Stordalen peatland complex in northern Sweden.  A GIS platform will be used to analyzed data that has been collected in the Stordalen complex since 2007.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 30% for an introduction and description of the analysis; 70% for the final report

Other project information: The student will work closely with me and one of my PhD students who has collected most of the field data.

Project status: This project is taken.

How students can apply: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.