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Natural hazards such as landslides, earthquakes, permafrost and glaciers have the potential to impact infrastructure, private property, public safety and Yukon’s environment. The influence of climate change on changing weather patterns, permafrost degradation, landslide activity and glacial retreat and surging behaviour is also uncertain. YGS is involved with a number of projects that document the distribution, geomorphology, behaviour and potential impacts of various natural hazards in the territory. Long-term monitoring programs are critical components of these projects in order to improve the territory’s natural hazards inventory and allow climate change relationships to be evaluated. This work supports natural hazard risk management and land-use planning within communities, parks and infrastructure corridors.