Hazard mapping in Yukon communities

This project mapped hazard risks for Yukon communities. Hazard maps serve as an adaptation planning tool that can support responsible, forward-looking decisions related to climate change impacts on communities.

Project Overview

The maps integrate landscape hazards related to permafrost, surficial geology and hydrology in Yukon communities. They also consider potential future risk in response to changes in climate.

The work is accomplished by gathering and mapping geoscience data in Yukon study communities, including information about local climate, geology, permafrost, and hydrology. Projections of future climate variability for each study community are used to identify potential future trajectories of change.

The project team used the geoscience data to rank hazard risks in a study community, and creates a map showing hazard risks using stoplight colours. By incorporating projections of future climate variability, hazard maps reflect both current and potential future conditions.

Hazard maps can be used by communities and First Nations as part of the adaptation planning process, and are also useful for engineers, planners, consultants, and all levels of governmental and non-governmental decision-makers. 

Hazard maps have been completed for:

  • Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay
  • Mayo
  • Pelly Crossing
  • Ross River
  • Faro
  • Dawson City
  • Old Crow


Project Team

Project Lead:

Dr. Bronwyn Hancock, Associate Vice-President, Research Development, Yukon Research Centre

Surficial geology team:

Kristen Kennedy, Panya Lipovsky and Jeff Bond, Yukon Geological Survey, Energy Mines and Resources, Yukon Government

Permafrost team:

Louis-Philippe Roy and Dr. Fabrice Calmels, Northern Climate ExChangeYukon Research CentreYukon College

Dr. Daniel Fortier, Isabelle de Grandpre and Kate Grandmont, Department of Geography, Universite de Montreal

Dr. Antoni Lewkowicz, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa

Dr. Sarah Laxton, Yukon Geological Survey, Energy, Mines and Resources, Yukon Government

Hydrology team:

Dr. Ian Clark, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa


Yukon Government (Site Assessment and Remediation Unit, Emergency Measures Organization)

Yukon College community campuses


Canadian Forest Service


First Nations:

First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun

Kluane First Nation

Ross River Dena Council

Selkirk First Nation

Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation

Municipal governments:

City of Dawson

Town of Faro

Town of Mayo

Research Partners:

Yukon Geological Survey, Energy, Mines and Resources, Yukon Government

University of Montreal

University of Ottawa

University of Alberta


    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, with in-kind support from project partners and collaborators

    Resources & Publications

    Permafrost and Hazard Atlas

    Burwash Landing

    Dawson City


    Old Crow

    Pelly Crossing

    Ross River