Yukon University launches permafrost research unit with $400k donation

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Permafrost researchers in the Yukon will have access to a mobile research unit as part of the new Permafrost Institute at the YukonU Research Centre, thanks to a $400,000 donation from the Bank of Montreal.

The new mobile research unit will make it easier for scientists to study permafrost along the territory’s highways and in remote communities, says Fabrice Calmels, the research chair in permafrost and geoscience at the university.

It’s set to come in the form of trailer which will carry instruments for drilling, remote sensing, surveying and aerial mapping using drones.

“A lot of our work is based on field research and we work in sometimes very remote locations,” Calmels said.

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