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MWF: Mountain Water Futures Project (GWF Pillar 3)
Section 1: Project Information
MWF: Mountain Water Futures
Classification (e.g., "GWF Pillar 3", "CCRN", etc.)
GWF Pillar 3
To advance our observation and prediction systems for snow, glaciers, wetlands and hydrology in mountainous terrain.
This includes improving our ability to predict future hydrological regimes, and plan appropriate adaptations in Canada's western mountains. This region is undergoing dramatic change as glaciers recede, snowpacks diminish, permafrost thaws and vegetation regimes change. These changes, coupled with changing weather and climate, are driving changes to virtually all components of the hydrological cycle and resultant flow regimes.
MWF includes montane and alpine environments in the Rocky, Coast, Columbia, Mackenzie, Tombstone and Ogilvie mountains that are the major headwaters of western Canada's east, west and northward flowing rivers.
The focus on MWF is firmly on user-identified needs in this environment that is undergoing rapid pressure from altitude-amplified climate warming, transient cryospheric change and lower elevation land cover change. These changes are having a profound and sudden impact on the rate, magnitude and timing of streamflow regimes, which is challenging current water resource management practices in the region.
MWF consists of interlocking themes that are germane to mountainous terrain:
(1) mountain climate extremes,
(2) cryospheric change,
(3) surface-groundwater processes,
(4) forest and wetland ecohydrology, and
(5) mountain model development, assimilation and testing.
MWF works with the key stakeholders in the region and uses instrumented focal points to provide insights into factors that are driving change in this rapidly warming and changing but poorly instrumented region. This information will help to guide the next generation of coupled climate- cryosphere-hydrology models that will allow us to test the influence of forest/shrub change, declining glaciers, changing snowpacks, alterations in rain and snow patterns, thawing permafrost, changing freshwater ice regimes, wetland disposition, and groundwater contributions on future water security in the mountain west.
Another key focus of MWF is to further advance our capacity to provide data and decision support tools for users with hydrometeorological information, remote sensing products, and platforms for prediction and management.
Position, Institution, and Contact Information
Sean K. Carey
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Calgary
Current Status of this Project
◉ In Progress
T-2020-12-06-S1CfC6FzdkUyS1IGRoALCiiA Project 1.1