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Modeling the effects of climate change on glaciers in the Upper North Saskatchewan River Basin

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dc.contributor.advisor Byrne, James
dc.contributor.author Booth, Evan L. J
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-26T19:27:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-26T19:27:54Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3227
dc.description ix, 137 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis is focused on determining the rate at which the climate of western North America (WNA) has changed in recent history, and looks at the impact that projected future climatic changes will have on a large glaciated watershed in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The rate of change over WNA is quantified for 485 climate stations for the period 1950-2005 using indicators developed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Results of the analysis show statistically significant historical trends across the study area. To gauge the effect of climate change on glaciers, a mass balance model was developed and integrated with the University of Lethbridge GENESYS hydrometeorological model. GCM future climate scenarios were used to model change in the Upper North Saskatchewan River Basin through 2100. Results forecast dramatic declines (> 80%) in total glacier area, ice volume, and streamflow contribution by 2100. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Geography, c2011 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Climatic changes -- North America, Western en_US
dc.subject Climatic changes -- Environmental aspects -- North America, Western en_US
dc.subject Glaciers -- North America, Western en_US
dc.subject North America -- Climate en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Modeling the effects of climate change on glaciers in the Upper North Saskatchewan River Basin en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Geography en_US

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