Transfer for Climate Change Resilience Study at the Royal Military College
- As one of the largest landowners and users of energy in Canada, National Defence is committed to being a responsible environmental steward.
- That is why Transport Canada is transferring $120,000 to National Defence to fund ongoing research at the Royal Military College on climate change resilience.
- This research will focus on Canada’s North and provide a proactive, forward-looking assessment on:
- The performance of existing infrastructure in permafrost;
- The impact of climate change; and
- The resilience of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk-Highway and future infrastructure.
- This important work will contribute to a better understanding of how to protect transportation networks in Canada’s Territories against geohazards.
- The Royal Military College’s research is being done in collaboration with:
- The Government of the Northwest Territories
- Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund
- Research started this year, and is funded through to 2026-27.
- The National Trade Corridors Fund is a $400 million fund run by Transport Canada that helps fund projects aimed at fostering economic and social development in Canada’s Territorial North, building on existing investments, and improving safety.
- Researchers at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) applied for funding from this Fund to help finance research on the climate change resiliency of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk-Highway (ITH) roads in the Northwest Territories.
- More specifically, this research is evaluating the performance of roadway embankments and waterway crossings built on permafrost, and the effect of thawing permafrost on linear infrastructure in the Arctic.
- This study aims to provide recommendations on best practices for designing linear infrastructure in the Arctic by using a climate change lens.
Version 5; 2020-02-19 – Source: Director Budget draft tab; D Parl A Supps A 2019-20 note, “National Defence Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”
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