2006 RCGS Studentship in Northern Geography - Suzanne Jarvis
Testing the water
Many of the small lakes that dot Alberta's Peace-Athabasca Delta, one of the
largest freshwater deltas in the world, were created by spring ice-jam floods
along the Peace River. But climate change and the regulated flow of water
through a hydro dam at the river's headwater have decreased the number of jams,
drying up some of the delta's marshy areas.
In March 2005, Suzanne Jarvis collected sediment cores from the area's frozen lakes. Analysis
of the muddy samples will allow the master's student in environmental studies at Wilfrid
Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., and recipient of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society Studentship in Northern Geography,
to reconstruct the flood frequency of the Peace River in response to climate changes over
the past millennium.
Jarvis's research will expand knowledge of the Peace River's hydrology and, she hopes, produce
information that can be used to improve the management of this important wetland, which forms
part of Wood Buffalo National Park.
— Maria-Lucia Castillo