"The Dead Zone" - Impacts of a major storm surge in the outer Mackenzie Delta
In September of 1999, a large storm over the Beaufort Sea resulted in a major storm surge flooding the outer Mackenzie Delta landscape. The resulting saltwater inundation impacted more than 10,000 ha of the outer alluvial plain. Our research group, including scientists at the Government of the Northwest Territories, University of Victoria, Queen's University, Carleton University, and Brock University, as well as local Inuvialuit land users, has been working for the last six years to understand the spatial extent and ecological impact of this storm surge event. We have also used paleoenvironmental techniques to assess the likely causes of the recent storm event, and the history of inundation in this region of the Canadian Arctic.