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Michel Allard


Regular member

Department of geography, Université Laval

Abitibi-Price Building
2405 rue de la Terrasse
Université Laval
Quebec, Canada
G1V 0A6

418.656.2131 extension 5416



Research themes

  • Coastal processes and dynamics in response to sea level fluctuations and cryogenic processes.
  • Impacts of permafrost melting on airport infrastructures in Nunavik and Nunavut.
  • Permafrost and climatic variations.
  • Vulnerability of Nunavik communities to climate warming and development of adaptive strategies.

CEN Students / Postdoctoral fellows

Boisson, Antoine (Doctorate). Coastal classification of Nunavik (Québec).

Chiasson, Alexandre (Master). The spatial distribution of ice-wedge polygons in Nunavik.

Claveau Fortin, Catherine (Master). Urban planning in the community of Inukjuak.

Ducharme, Marc-André (Master). Characterization of permafrost through new technology: estimating the thermal conductivity using CT-scan.

Gagnon, Samuel (Doctorate). Analysis of permafrost carbon release processes after 25 years of climate warming.

Gauthier, Sarah (Master). Salluit; integration of permafrost conditions maps and monitoring and climate data from CEN in support of community development and expansion.

Taillefer, Marianne (Master). Vulnerability assessment of the Dempster Highway according to permafrost thaw sensitivity, Yukon Territory.


Recent CEN theses

Carbonneau, Andrée-Sylvie , 2014 (Master). Holocene geomorphic evolution and characterization of permafrost in Pangnirtung, Nunavut.

Fouché, Julien , 2014 (Doctorate - Codirector). Global warming impacts on the biogeochemical functioning of two arctic Cryosols in the Salluit region, Nunavik, Canada.

Gagnon, Samuel , 2015 (Master). Measurement of permafrost greenhouse gas emissions through a new automated system of closed chambers.

Gauthier, Francis , 2013 (Doctorate). ROCKWALL ICINGS: Glaciology, thermodynamic and forescasting method of ice blocks fall along the northern Gaspésie road (Québec, Canada).

Gosselin, Pascale , 2013 (Master). Thermal Erosion of Permafrost in a fluvial arctic environment, Duval River, Pangnirtung, Nunavut.

Jolivel, Maxime , 2014 (Doctorate). Permafrost erosion, fluvial transport and marine sedimentation, eastern coast of Hudson bay, Nunavik, Canada.

Leblanc, Anne-Marie , 2013 (Doctorate - Codirector). Three-dimensional modeling of the thermal regime of permafrost in the Valley of Salluit, Northern Quebec, on the basis of different scenarios of climate warming.

Mathon-Dufour, Valérie , 2014 (Master). Assessment of permafrost conditions in support of the rehabilitation and adaptation to climate change of the Iqaluit International Airport, Nunavut, Canada.

Pelletier, Maude , 2015 (Master). Geomorphological, ecological and thermal time phase of permafrost degradation, Tasiapik, Nunavik (Québec, Canada).


Scientific communications

Gagnon, S., Allard, M., Nicosia, A., 2017. Diurnal and seasonal variations of tundra CO2 emissions in a polygonal peatland near Salluit, Nunavik, Canada. Arctic Science. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1139/as-2016-0045.

Vincent, W.F., Lemay, M., Allard, M., 2017. Arctic permafrost landscapes in transition: towards an integrated earth system approach . Arctic Science, 3(2): 39-64. DOI: 10.1139/as-2016-0027.

Gagnon, S., L’Hérault, E., Lemay, M., Allard, M., 2016. New low-cost automated system of closed chambers to measure greenhouse gas emissions from the tundra. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 228: 29-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.06.012.

Gauthier, F., Allard, M., Hétu, B., 2015. Ice wall growth and decay: Meteorological analysis and modelling. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 26(1): 84-102. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.1835.

Gauthier, F., Hétu, B., Allard, M., 2015. Forecasting method of ice blocks fall using logistic model and melting degree–days calculation: A case study in northern Gaspésie, Québec, Canada. Natural Hazards, 79(2): 855-880. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-1880-x.

Jolivel, M., Allard, M., St-Onge, G., 2015. Climate change and recent sedimentation in Nastapoka Sound, eastern coast of Hudson Bay. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 52(5): 322-337. DOI: 10.1139/cjes-2014-0132.

Fouché, J., Keller, C., Allard, M., Ambrosi, J., 2014. Increased CO2 fluxes under warming tests and soil solution chemistry in Histic and Turbic Cryosols, Salluit, Nunavik, Canada. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 68: 185-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.10.007.

Gauthier, F., Montagnat, M., Weiss, J., Allard, M., Hétu, B., 2013. Ice cascade growth and decay: a thermodynamic approach. Journal of Glaciology, 59(215): 507-523. DOI: 10.3189/2013JoG12J206.

Jolivel, M., Allard, M., 2013. Thermokarst and export of sediment and organic carbon in the Sheldrake River watershed, Nunavik, Canada. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 118(3): 1729-1745. DOI: 10.1002/jgrf.20119.

Vincent, W.F., Lemay, M., Allard, M., Wolfe, B.B., 2013. Adapting to permafrost change: A science framework. Eos, 94(42): 373-375. DOI: 10.1002/2013EO420002.

Allard, M., Lemay, M. (Editors), 2012. Nunavik and Nunatsiavut: From science to policy. An Integrated Regional Impact Study (IRIS) of climate change and modernization. ArcticNet Inc., 303 pages. , Canada.

Hachem, S., Duguay, C.R., Allard, M., 2012. Comparison of MODIS-derived Land Surface Temperature with near-surface soil and near-surface soil and air temperatures in continuous permafrost terrain. The Cryosphere, 6(1): 51-69. DOI: 10.5194/tc-6-51-2012.

Lavoie, C., Allard, M., Duhamel, D., 2012. Deglaciation landforms and C-14 chronology of the Lac Guillaume-Delisle area, eastern Hudson Bay: A report on field evidence. Geomorphology, 159-160: 142-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.03.015.

Bhiry, N., Delwaide, A., Allard, M., Bégin, Y., Filion, L., Lavoie, M., Nozais, C., Payette, S., Pienitz, R., Saulnier-Talbot, É., Vincent, W.F., 2011. Environmental change in the Great Whale River region, Hudson Bay: Five decades of multidisciplinary research by Centre d’études nordiques (CEN). Écoscience, 18(3 - special issue: 50th Year Anniversary of CEN): 182-203. DOI: 10.2980/18-3-3469.

Buteau, S., Fortier, R., Allard, M., 2010. Permafrost weakening as a potential impact of climatic warming. Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, 24(1): 1-18.

Smith, S.L., Romanovsky, V., Lewkowicz, A.G., Burn, C., Allard, M., Clow, G.D., Yoshikawa, K., Throop, J., 2010. Thermal State of Permafrost in North America: A Contribution to the International Polar Year. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 21(2): 117-135.

Hachem, S., Allard, M., Duguay, C.R., 2009. Using the MODIS Land Surface Temperature Product for Mapping Permafrost: An Application to Northern Que´bec and Labrador, Canada. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 20(4): 407-416.

Calmels, F.C., Allard, M., 2008. Segregated ice structures in various heaved permafrost landforms through CT Scan. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33(2): 209-225.

Calmels, F.C., Allard, M., Delisle, G., 2008. Development and decay of a lithalsa in Northern Québec: a geomorphological history. Geomorphology, 97(40271): 287-299.

Calmels, F.C., Delisle, G., Allard, M., 2008. Internal structure and the thermal and hydrological regime of a typical lithalsa: significance for permafrost growth and decay. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 45: 31-43.

Fortier, R., Leblanc, A.-M., Buteau, S., Allard, M., Calmels, F.C., 2008. Internal structure and conditions of permafrost mounds at Umiujaq in Nunavik, Canada, inferred from field investigation and electrical resistivity tomography. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 45(3): 367-387.

Lavoie, C., Hill, P.R., Allard, M., St-Onge, G., Lajeunesse, P., 2008. High-resolution Late Quaternary seismo-stratigraphy of Lac Guillaume-Delisle Estuary and Nastapoka Sound, eastern Hudson Bay: C/N ratios and d13C signature in postglacial and ice-contact sediments. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 45: 427-441.

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