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MWF: Mountain Water Futures (GWF Pillar 3)
Section 1: Project Information
MWF: Mountain Water Futures
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Calgary
firstname.lastname@example.org 905 525 9140 ext 20134
email@example.com 403 220 2794
firstname.lastname@example.org 905 525 9140 ext 20148
Classification (e.g., "GWF Pillar 3", "CCRN", etc.)
GWF Pillar 3
This project is developing a user-driven mountain west observation and prediction system for snow, glaciers and hydrology in mountainous terrain. This includes montane and alpine environments in the Rocky, Coast, Columbia, Mackenzie and Richardson Mountains that are the major headwaters of western Canada’s east, west and north flowing rivers.
The goal of this observation and prediction system is to understand future water for the mountains of Western Canada and to improve the ability to predict future hydrological regimes and plan appropriate adaptation. Changes to Canada’s western mountains are having profound and rapid impact on the rate, magnitude and timing of streamflow regimes, which is challenging current water resource management practices in the region.
As an example of an observation and prediction system, see the SnowCast product at
, which estimates snowpack depth and snow water equivalent around the Bow River Basin centered over Banff, Canada. SnowCast is an experimental Canadian Hydrological Model (CHM)
data product that downscales the Global Environmental Multiscale (GEM) model forecasts from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to provide high resolution snowpack forecasts that take into account variable windflow, solar radiation, precipitation, and temperature over complex terrain.
Position, Institution, and Contact Information
Current Status of this Project
◉ In Progress
T-2020-12-06-S1CfC6FzdkUyS1IGRoALCiiA Project 1.2