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. The results of this research will be communicated to government agencies, recreational users, and the public to help provide the understanding needed to better protect and maintain access to this important natural feature.

Shania Ramharrack-Maharaj;Elysia Feaver;Ethan Davies
Faculty Supervisor: 
Elli Papangelakis;Alexander L. Peace
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