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Laurier professor mapping northern ice roads – Waterloo Chronicle

January 2, 2024

In a community 500 kilometres north of Yellowknife, on the edge of North America’s deepest lake, Homa Kheyrollah Pour sat down for coffee with a man navigating a problem.

Tasked with mapping the ice roads to the community of Délı̨nę on Great Slave Lake in N.W.T., chief Danny Gaudet was about to head out for another day on the ice, using the methods taught to him through storytelling by his mother and stepfather.

The construction process takes weeks, requiring thousands of drilled holes, culminating in a manually created map based on the cracks and weaknesses in the ice.

It has never been an easy job, but climate change is making it more difficult.

Kheyrollah Pour, the Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Environmental Change at Wilfrid Laurier University, had a solution.

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