Relationship Between Changing Snow Conditions, the Arctic Oscillation and the Winter Foraging Grounds of the Bathurst Caribou herd

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PROJECT LEAD: Michael English (Laurier) / Colin Robertson (Laurier)
PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS: Jan Adamczewski (ENR)

Nick Wilson (MSc thesis, Laurier)

Jennifer Hickman (Laurier)

Alex Langlois (Université de Sherbrooke)

 

PROJECT LOCATION: Wekweèti
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The objective of this project is to examine a long term record of the winter foraging behaviour of collared caribou of the Bathurst herd and how that relates to changing snow conditions. During the past few years the herd has undergone a significant winter shift in its foraging grounds from the boreal forest to the tree line- tundra area northwest of Winter Lake in the Snare-Coppermine basin area. SWE data is derived from the Globsnow database and ground truthing two SSM/I pixels just south of Wekweèti over a period of five years has helped assess error associated with utilizing this remote sensing platform.