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This book presents decade-long advances in atmospheric research in the Mackenzie River Basin in northern Canada, which encompasses environments representative of most cold areas on Earth. Collaborative efforts by a team of about 100 scientists and engineers have yielded knowledge entirely transferable to other high latitude regions in America, Europe and Asia. Emphases are placed on the investigation of processes (including storm genesis, precipitation, moisture and energy fluxes and frost), and the improvement and application of a suite of models and remote sensing to enhance the assessment of climate variability and water resources. This book complements the second volume coming from the GEWEX project, dealing with the region's hydrological processes. Together these books provide a unique synthesis of atmospheric and hydrological findings and an integrative approach across disciplines in addressing major research issues of cold regions.
Preface List of Contributors List of Acronyms Chapter 1. The Mackenzie GEWEX Study: a Contribution to Cold Region Atmospheric and Hydrologic Sciences Ming-ko Woo, Wayne R. Rouse, Ronald E. Stewart and John M.R. Stone Chapter 2. The Mackenzie Climate System: A Synthesis of MAGS Atmospheric Research Kit K. Szeto, R.E. Stewart, M.K. Yau and J. Gyakum Chapter 3. Climatological Analysis of the Mackenzie River Basin Anticyclones: Structure, Evolution and Interannual Variability Lily Ioannidou and Peter M.K. Yau Chapter 4. Variability of Cold-Season Temperatures in the Mackenzie Basin Kit K. Szeto Chapter 5. Extreme Winter Warming over the Mackenzie Basin: Observations and Causes Zuohao Cao, Ronald E. Stewart and William D. Hogg Chapter 6. Water Vapor Fluxes over the Canadian Prairies and the Mackenzie River Basin Jinliang Liu, Ronald E. Stewart, Kit K. Szeto Chapter 7. Moisture Sources for Extreme Rainfall Events over the Mackenzie River Basin Julian C. Brimlow and Gerhard W. Reuter Chapter 8. Precipitation Recycling in the Mackenzie and Three Other Major River Basins Kit K. Szeto, Jinliang Liu and Alexander Wong Chapter 9. On the Cloud and Precipitating Systems over the Mackenzie Basin David Hudak, Ronald E Stewart, Peter Rodriguez and Bohdan Kochtubajda Chapter 10. The Relationship between Monthly Precipitation and Elevation in the Alberta Foothills during the Foothills Orographic Precipitation Experiment Craig D. Smith Chapter 11. On Predicting Maximum Snowfall Max L. Dupilka and Gerhard W. Reuter Chapter 12. Estimating Snow Water Equivalent in Northern Regions from Satellite Passive Microwave Data Chris Derksen, Anne Walker and Peter Toose Chapter 13. Mackenzie Basin Snow Cover: Variability and Trends from Conventional Data, Satellite Remote Sensing, and Canadian Regional Climate Model Simulations Chris Derksen, Ross Brown and Murray MacKay Chapter 14. Recent Studies on the Climatology and Modeling of Blowing Snow in the Mackenzie River Basin Stephen J. Dery and M.K. Yau Chapter 15. On Blowing Snow and Sublimation in the Mackenzie River Basin Mark Gordon and Peter A. Taylor Chapter 16. Assessing Water and Energy Budgets for the Mackenzie River Basin Kit K. Szeto, Hang Tran, Murray MacKay, Robert Crawford and Ronald E. Stewart Chapter 17. Characteristics of the Moisture Flux Convergence over the Mackenzie River Basin for the 1990-2000 Water-years Mark Schuster Chapter 18. The Influence of Lakes on the Regional Energy and Water Balance of the Central Mackenzie River Basin Wayne R. Rouse, Jacqueline Binyamin, Peter D. Blanken, Normand Bussieres, Claude R. Duguay, Claire J. Oswald, William M. Schertzer and Christopher Spence Chapter 19. Mapping of Surface Albedo over Mackenzie River Basin from Satellite Observations Alexander P. Trishchenko, Konstantin V. Khlopenkov, Calin Ungureanu, Rasim Latifovic, Yi Luo and William B.Park Chapter 20. Comparison of Solar Radiation Budgets in the Mackenzie River Basin from Satellite Observations and a Regional Climate Model Song Guo, Henry G. Leighton, Jian Feng and Murray MacKay Chapter 21. Wildfire Aerosol and Cloud Radiative Forcing in the Mackenzie River Basin from Satellite Observations Song Guo, Henry G. Leighton, Jian Feng, and Alexander Trishchenko Chapter 22. The Nature and Impacts of Thunderstorms in a Northern Climate Bohdan Kochtubajda, Michael D. Flannigan, John R. Gyakum, Ronald E. Stewart, William R. Burrows, Andrew Way, Evan Richardson and Ian Stirling Chapter 23. Forest Fires and Climate Change in the Northwest Territories Michael D. Flannigan, Bohdan Kochtubajda and Kimberley A. Logan Chapter 24. The Impact of CLASS in MAGS Monthly Ensemble Predictions Harold Ritchie and Yves Delage Chapter 25. The MAGS Regional Climate Modeling System: CRCM-MAGS Murray MacKay, Paul Bartlett, Ed Chan, Diana Verseghy, E.D. Soulis, Frank R. Seglenieks Chapter 26. Synopsis of Hydrologic Research under MAGS Ming-ko Woo
Ming-ko Woo is Professor of Geography at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He serves on Editorial Board of the journal Nordic Hydrology and as Associate Editor for the journals Physical Geography and Geographie Physique et Quaternaire. Additionally, he is the Vice Chairman of the International Geographical Union, Commission/Study Group on Water Sustainability.