Project for mitigating permafrost degradation


Status: Active

Igor Egorov

NRC Research Officer, Igor Egorov, showing a new technological device – a liquid-filled freezing system to stabilize permafrost degradation in saturated peat within a seismic line in the Northwest Territories.

NRC researchers have designed and are testing a freezing system to reduce permafrost degradation in the Arctic.


  • Design a system that effectively reduces permafrost degradation through inter-seasonal low temperatures redistribution


  • An effective cooling device to reduce permafrost degradation by removing heat during summer months and accumulating cold during winter months


  • Conduct field tests on an NRC-designed cooling method that uses a liquid-filled freezing system with a snow-deflecting cone to stabilize permafrost degradation in saturated peat in Arctic climates



  • This method will provide direct and reliable cooling effects that stabilize ice rich soils, moderate surface settling and cool down advective heat transfer through active layer by groundwater
  • By removing heat in summer and accumulating cold in winter, this project will help sustain frozen ground temperatures within a specific area and distribute low ground temperatures along highway embankments, building foundations or other critical localized areas, mitigating the degradation of permafrost and its impacts on infrastructure

Project team

Contact us

Anne Barker
Arctic Program Leader

1200 Montreal Road, M-32
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6

Telephone: (613) 990-2511