The Pan-Territorial Adaptation Partnership of Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut is proud to be co-hosting the upcoming Pan-Territorial Permafrost Workshop in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. This event will take place at the Explorer Hotel in November from 5 – 7, 2013.

As the climate continues to change, thawing permafrost is becoming an increasingly complex issue across the North. Much of the infrastructure in the North was built under the premise that permafrost would remain frozen. Therefore, recent changes in climate and landscape pose a serious risk to infrastructure stability. However, this challenge also poses opportunities for innovation as new tools, practices, and techniques are continually being developed to better adapt. Currently there is significant activity and research around permafrost in the North. Workshop planners are keenly aware of this activity and are planning this workshop to both build on the momentum of this permafrost activity and to fill a niche.

The Permafrost Workshop will bring together front-line decision makers from Nunavut, NWT and Yukon, permafrost researchers and experts to share knowledge, form connections and look at possibilities for adaptation in the future. The workshop will focus primarily on the effects of permafrost on infrastructure and how to mitigate those effects. This workshop will focus on three streams of infrastructure: buildings, linear (roads, transmission lines, pipelines etc.) and site specific (air ports, mine containment structures and waste management). Communities, roads, buildings, coastlines, mining camps, cultural sites, waste sites and pipelines are all affected by thawing permafrost and will all be addressed during this workshop. The workshop is expected to enhance knowledge and generate ideas for adaptation that can then be applied to infrastructure-related decisions in communities across the North. To be a part of this initiative, register today to attend the Pan-Territorial Permafrost Workshop.

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