Snow Melt Runoff in High Latitude Permafrost Basins

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: physical sciences, snow, water level, runoff model, water fluxes

Principal Investigator: Marsh, Philip (32)
Licence Number: 10056
Organization: National Hydrology Research Institute, Environment Canada
Licensed Year(s): 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1990
Project Team: Mary Ferguson; Cuyler Onclin; Dave Bucilla; Dr. John Pomeroy;

Objective(s): To determine the rates of and processes controlling, water flux through snow covers, exchange of water between snowcover, active layer and permafrost and movement of solutes through the snowcover; to determine the effect of snow/soil temperature regime and vegetation types on runoff processes; to develop physically-based, predictive models of snow melt runoff.

Project Description: The research project will include measuring the amount of snow on the ground, changes in snow properties during spring melt, weather conditions and runoff in nearby rivers. The purpose of the project is to improve ability to predict smowmelt runoff to rivers and lakes in Northern Canada.