Posted: July 10, 2019
Anticipated start: September 2019 (or as soon as possible) 
Review of applications: begins July 22, 2019
Supervisory team: Stephan Gruber (Carleton University), Michel Allard (Laval University), Kumari Karunaratne (Northwest Territories Geological Survey) and Fabrice Calmels (Yukon Research Centre)

Based on the new Canadian permafrost database (PINGO) to be developed in PermafrostNet, this project will use borehole thermal data and surface subsidence from across Canada to develop and automate new methods for characterizing spatial variation in ground temperature and for detecting temporal trends. The student will investigate whether the rate of permafrost change in Canada is increasing and what spatial patterns exist. Methods will be developed based on heat-transfer theory and statistics, and they will be tested with simulated data where the true values for e.g. ground-ice loss are known. Furthermore, this project will develop and improve products that are suitable for communicating observed permafrost change to nonexpert audiences as prototypes of permafrost climate services, using feedback collected from network participants and stakeholders.

To apply, Send a cover letter, c.v., copies of transcripts, a writing sample, and contact details for three references to Stephan Gruber (stephan.gruber@carleton.ca)