During the past 25 years, Moorman has focused on permafrost and glacier hydrology, and on understanding how Arctic environmental systems work. His current project, funded by NSERC, examines the interactions between glaciers and permafrost in the eastern Canadian Arctic. Glaciers and permafrost terrain hold enormous water resources, but also considerable risk in our rapidly changing climate.
As well, he is part of a SSHRC-funded project examining cultural resources at risk in the western Canadian Arctic due to coastal retreat and permafrost degradation. These archaeological resources include abandoned Inuvialuit communities on the Beaufort Sea coast.
His current research examines the impact of accelerated warming in the North and the ramifications for the landscape, including the terrestrial and aquatic environment. His work also has significance in understanding natural hazards associated with climate change.
2006-2017 – NSERC – Permafrost and Glacier Hydrodynamics
2012-2016 – SHHRC – Arctic Cultural Heritage at Risk (Arctic CHAR)
1993-2014 –Polar Continental Shelf Project, NRCan, for logistical research support
2010-present—Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographic Society