Cold Region Atmospheric and Hydrologic Studies by Ming-ko Woo, Ming-ko Woo

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This chapter reports on the application of 1-km resolution clear sky satellite-derived products together with other MAGS information towards understanding and quantifying the water and energy budgets. 2 Study Area The study area encompasses the entire MRB. 8 x 106 observation pixels over the Basin in each satellite scene. The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) land cover data published in 1995 (Beaubien et al. 1997) is available in a 31-category classification. 2%). Elevation of MRB ranges from 0 m (sea level) to 2200 m (average values at 1 km resolution).

Schertzer et al. (2003) conducted an in-depth study of the spatial and seasonal variability in the heat content of Great Slave Lake and found good agreement between heat storage calculated calorimetrically from vertical temperature gradients and those obtained as a residual from energy balance measurements made above the lake. Measurements of the energy budget of a small 6 m deep Canadian Shield lake indicate that almost all of the energy exchange was concentrated in the top layer with little exchange in the bottom waters (Spence et al.

Downstream end of an ice jam on Athabasca River, April 22, 2003, showing intact ice on the right bank upstream of the toe of the jam, and open water further downstream. (Image source: Hicks et al. 2005) 6 weeks ahead, to facilitate early emergency preparedness planning (Mahabir et al. 2007). Enhanced data acquisition, facilitated by remote sensing and by robust water level sensors developed specifically to survive the floods, permit computational hydraulic models to more accurately forecast the ice jam release surges and the associated floods (Blackburn and Hicks 2002, Hicks and Healy 2003).

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