Research and Monitoring
Research and monitoring © Parks Canada
Research and monitoring programs are important tools that can be used to gain an understanding of ecological resources and processes in the park.
Research projects enable scientists to study conditions and species within the park to determine whether they are unique or specific to this landscape or are behaving in a way that has not been documented elsewhere.
Monitoring programs enable scientists and managers through repeated assessment to look at the systems and determine if they are changing over time and whether these changes are related to natural processes or are due to human impact. Monitoring also allows park managers to determine the effectiveness of management actions.
One of the most important aspects of research and monitoring is communicating the results and information to the people outside the science program, to local communities, and to assist in making other researchers aware of the research and monitoring going on in the park.
Annual Report of Research and Monitoring 2010-2011
The Wapusk National Park Management Plan highlights Parks Canada’s responsibility for maintaining and monitoring ecological integrity in the Park. Collaborations with universities, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations enhance our collective ability to measure the critical issues that may affect ecological integrity in the Park and surrounding area, and to better understand them.
Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC), Parks Canada staff and researchers met in January 2011 in Winnipeg to share scientific research findings and develop ideas for future research priorities in the greater Churchill region. Following this successful symposium, CNSC worked with Parks Canada to produce the 2011 Annual Report of Research & Monitoring for Wapusk National Park. The report, which provides summaries of research being conducted in and around the park, can be found at the following link: Annual Report of Research and Monitoring in the Greater Wapusk Region 2010-2011
Annual Report of Research and Monitoring 2009-2010 (PDF, 3 MB)
Annual Report of Research and Monitoring 2007-2008 (PDF, 2.43 MB)
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