The ICCRE-CPC 2019 organizing committee is glad to offer 2 field trips :
TECHNICAL TOUR OF LAVAL UNIVERSITY LABORATORIES AND RESEARCH CENTRE
COSTS : 100 $/person
Laval University hosts among the most advanced laboratories for researches in pavement, water, structural and soils, and permafrost engineering in cold regions. On campus, a recent 18 M investments allowed to increase significantly the research capacity, with the construction of a heavy vehicle and climate simulator with related infrastructures, as well as the construction of new state-of-the-art laboratories for structural water treatment engineering. An off campus research site in the heart of the unique Quebec’s boreal forest couples with the campus infrastructures to address the rising challenges in engineering. Located an hour drive away from downtown, the Forêt Montmorency hosts research sites on hydrology (BEREV), pavement engineering (SERUL) and snow weather station (NEIGE). Since the 60s, the BEREV consists of an experimental watershed where state-of-the-art equipment are deployed to monitor water pathways across the forested landscape. The SERUL has been at the centre of Laval University researches on pavement engineering in cold climates for the last near 20 years. NEIGE, a new research facility, is the only place in Canada where more than 30 different sensors are simultaneously deployed to monitor snowfall rates, which are reaching more than 6 meters per year.
This technical tour will take the participant to a full-day visit of on-campus and off-campus research facilities, and to a short guided easy-hike to discover the boreal forest and landscapes at Forêt Montmorency.
Photos : Forêt Montmorency
PROGRAM - August 22nd, 2019
8:30 : Departure from Quebec City Convention Centre
12:00 : Boreal Lunch
17:00 : Arrival at Quebec City Convention Centre
PERMAFROST FIELD TRIP TO THE CHIC-CHOCS RANGE, GASPÉSIE PENINSULA
COSTS : Coming soon
The occurrence of permafrost on the treeless summit of Mont Jacques-Cartier (1268m asl), the highest point in the Chic-Chocs Mountains in southeastern Quebec was initially established in 1977. This permafrost body is the southernmost one in eastern Canada in equilibrium with thermal conditions at the ground surface, and the only one continuously monitored over the last 37 years. As the permafrost body atop Mont Jacques-Cartier is very close to 0°C, it is likely to be highly sensitive to minor regional climatic fluctuations, especially due to the high thermal conductivity and the low water/ice content of the bedrock. The geothermal record for 1977–2014 from a 29m deep borehole in permafrost, on Mont Jacques-Cartier, shows substantial decadal fluctuations and an overall warming trend. The occurrence of contemporary permafrost is associated with a very thin and wind-packed winter snow cover, which brings local azonal topo-climatic conditions on the dome-shaped summit. As a consequence, the instability of the thermal regime was found to be a direct response to air temperature variations. For a permafrost body already close to the thawing point, the continuation of the overall warming trend of the last 37 years would lead to its rapid degradation, and the permafrost would then become relict, thinning progressively both from the base and the surface.
This field trip will take the participants to a full-day guided excursion on top of Mont Jacques-Cartier where periglacial landforms such as blockfields, block streams, sorted polygons and sorted circles can be observed. This excursion will also allow for observing changes of vegetation from the forest at the base of the mountain, the krummholz zone and the upper alpine tundra zone on the summit, which is the preferred habitat of the Gaspésie caribou population. The summit is also a very good place to observe and discuss landscape inherited from the last glaciation, including glacial cirque, U-shaped glacial valley and the unsolved mystery of a 3m thick regolith covering the summit.
Photos : Mont Jacques Cartier
PROGRAM - August 22-24, 2019
8:00: Departure from Quebec City Convention Centre to Parc national de la Gaspésie
Dinner and accommodation at Gite du Mont-Albert, a magnificent 4-star hotel known for hospitality, fine local cuisine, and unique decor.
Guided excursion from the base to the summit of Mont Jacques-Cartier.
Dinner and accommodation at Gite du Mont-Albert.
9:00: Departure from Gite du Mont-Albert
18:00: Arrival at Quebec City Convention Centre
There and back trip will include several stops to discuss the geomorphology and Quaternary history of the St-Lawrence lowlands.