Auyuittuq National Park

Nunavut Territory-Park Geocentroid: 67.59°N, 66.60°W

Background Information

This national park was established in 1976, Auyuittuq is an Inuktitut word meaning "land that never melts". The size is 19,700km2 and includes the highest peaks of the Canadian Shield, the Penny Ice Cap and Akshayuk Pass, a travel corridor used by the Inuit for thousands of years.

Climate Change

Winter and spring warming between 3 and 10 degrees c will lead to earlier spring melts, long ice free seasons, later fall ice formation and changes in permafrost layer. With increased seasonal temperatures the ice-free season on lakes and rivers may start 30-35 days earlier. Cultural aspects will be impacted by climate change. The Archaeological sites will be eroded due to coastal flooding and increased spring runoff. Wildlife will also be affected by climate change, because the temperature changes will make the area at risk from southerly species.

Important Features

Predicted Temperature change and Precipitation changes

Spring temperature will change 3.0 to 4.0 c

Precipitation will change -7.0 to 29.0 %

Summer temperature will change 1.0 to 3.0 c

Precipitation will change -4.0 to 28.0 %

Fall temperature will change 2.0 to 4.0 c

Precipitation will change 4.0 to 29.0 %

Winter temperature will change 3.0 to 10.0

Precipitation will change -4.0 to 21.0 %