History of Research at KLRS

Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) is located near the Alaska Highway, 220 km northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon, on the south shore of Kluane Lake, and on the traditional territory of the Kluane First Nations, and the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. The research station is one of the most valued, celebrated, and well-used highlights of the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA). The extreme elevation difference between Kluane Lake and the crest of the St. Elias Mountains establishes a strong environmental gradient and results in a remarkable diversity of research opportunities within a small geographical area. This diversity is reflected in the unique scientific legacy of KLRS.

AINA, through KLRS, is a member of the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO), and the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT). Both networks work to build capacity for terrestrial research, to improve collaboration and coordination of efforts, enable access to partner stations, and implement best practices for station management, use and station-based research and monitoring.

Current Research

Since 1961, when the base was founded, KLRS has provided support for research in glaciology, geomorphology, geology, biology, botany, zoology, hydrology, limnology, climatology, high-altitude physiology, social sciences, anthropology, and archaeology.

Over 1500 publications have resulted from research projects based at KLRS, many of which are described in the KLRS Bibliography: http://arctic.ucalgary.ca/kluane-lake-research-station

A history of scientific research at KLRS was published in the journal Arctic in 2014: