Geomorphic sensitivity of rivers along the Niagara Escarpment to land-use and climate change: Implications for erosion risk in Hamilton, Ontario

The Niagara Escarpment is a dominant natural feature in southern Ontario and provides the region with exceptional sites of natural beauty including numerous waterfalls and exposed rocky cliffs. There is little data on geomorphic characteristics of rivers along the escarpment and their sensitivity to erosion under future land development and climate change. The proposed project aims to assess the sensitivity of rivers in the Hamilton area to erosion and its relationship to the underlying geologic structure of the Niagara Escarpment.

Fracture patterns and their control on erosion and geohazards on the Niagara Escarpment, Hamilton, Ontario

The Niagara Escarpment is a dominant landform in southern Ontario and provides the region with exceptional sites of natural beauty including numerous waterfalls and exposed rocky cliffs. However, the escarpment is also a geomorphic feature formed by ongoing erosion processes that create many challenges for those living near or enjoying its natural beauty. Unfortunately, there is very little information or quantitative data regarding the nature of erosion processes or the rates at which they operate along the escarpment.