The Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) is an international effort developed by the World Climate Research Programme as a coordinated group of activities aimed at improving our understanding and prediction of the role that the water cycle plays in the climate system. As a major contribution to GEWEX, the Canadian Mackenzie GEWEX Study (MAGS) focuses on understanding and modelling the flows of energy and water into and through the atmospheric and hydrological systems of the Mackenzie River basin which yeilds the largest North American source of fresh water discharge into the Arctic Ocean. The Basin itself is subjected to wide climatic fluctuations, and is currently experiencing a warming trend. MAGS necessarily involves coordinated research into many atmospheric, land surface and hydrological issues assosicated with cold climate systems. A network among the Canadian universities, governments, communities and the private secotr is critical to the success of the project to benefit Canada and the international science.
Over the years, MAGS has developed an extensive database that allows investigators to greatly improve the knowledge on the energy and water cycle in northern regions. By assessing how the atmosphere and the hydrosphere respond to climate variability and climate change, we collaborate with stakeholders in the Mackenzie Basin to better address resource development and environmental management.
You can learn more about MAGS by visiting the GEWEX Study page at the NSERC Research Networks site, by following the links from this page or by contacting the MAGS Secretariat through:
MAGS Network Manager
National Hydrology Research Centre
11 Innovation Boulevard, Saskatoon, SK
S7N 3H5, CANADA