Caribou Hills Hazard Maps

Main Project Contact:
Garfield Giff

Project Start Date:
March 2018

Project End Date:
March 2020

Project Name:
Online Digital Hazard Maps of Landslides along the Caribou Hills, The East Channel of the Mackenzie River, Inuvik

ARI Team:
Greg Elias
Eric Cheyne
Garfield Giff
Celtie Ferguson
Summer students

Climate-driven changes are affecting the landscape and the way of life of the people of the Northwest Territories (NWT). The effects of climate-driven changes on the landscape of the NWT are visible along the coastlines, inland to the valleys, water channels, and along the slopes. Therefore, to mitigate against these changes and to protect infrastructure, people, and wildlife it is important that the necessary tools are available to support the efficient development and implementation of climate change adaptation measures. This project aims to develop and make available one such tool in the form of online hazard maps of the Caribou Hills.


The main objective of the project is to develop and disseminate hazard maps. These maps, and additional information, will support the development and implementation of climate change adaptation strategies for the Caribou Hills. Information will be available to inform: regulations, the community of the possible danger, vulnerability assessments, the location or relocations of cabins, transportation, and recreational activities along the Caribou Hills. The service will also support the NWT Geological Survey planned geohazard mapping and geohazard risk assessment surveys. In addition to the main objective, that the project may also provide training opportunities on UAV operations to a limited number of residents.

The Caribou Hills, within the vicinity of Reindeer Station in Inuvik, NT

The project will utilize the following methodologies:

  1. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Photogrammetry Techniques
  2. Ground Survey using GPS Techniques
  3. Water sampling and soil sampling
  4. GIS analysis


Community Engagement Jan 2018 - Mar 2018
Jan 2020 - Mar 2020
Project Planning Jan 2018 - Jun 2018
Data Collection Apr 2018 - Sept 2019
Data Review Apr 2018 - Jun 2018
Oct 2018 - Dec 2018
Apr 2019 - Sept 2019
Data Processing Jul 2018 - Sept 2018
Jul 2019 - Sept 2019
GIS Development Apr 2018 - Mar 2019
GIS Analysis Jan 2019 - Jun 2019
Oct 2019 - Dec 2019
Create GIS Layers Jul 2019 - Sept 2019
Data Dissemination Apr 2019 - Dec 2019















External Partners:
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Inuvik Hunters and Trappers
NWT Centre for Geomatics
NWT Geological Survey

Hazard mapping, Drone survey, GIS, Remote sensing, Landslides, Slumps, Climate change


Start Date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018