Stephan Gruber

Carleton University 
Project title: Simulating climate change impacts on permafrost systems
Industry Partner: IBM Canada Ltd., others
Platform: Cloud Analytics

Digital Media Mining

Permafrost underlies nearly one quarter of the exposed land surface of the Northern hemisphere and nearly half of the Canadian landmass. With climate change and increasing development, this will cause dramatic and persistent impacts to environmental systems and human infrastructure. Permafrost is not easily observed from airplanes or satellites and even the provision of maps
estimating its presence/absence or characteristics must therefore rely on models. Similarly, the estimation of the impacts that climate change will have on permafrost systems is dependent on computer simulation. Despite this urgent need, our ability to use the simulation tools and data available today for providing relevant information is severely limited. This limitation has mostly to do with the technical challenge inherent in assembling and testing the tools needed to make such simulations.