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TitleThe Canadian Glacier-Climate Observing System - Towards understanding the state and evolution of Canada's glaciers
AuthorDemuth, M; Burgess, D; Gray, A L; Koerner, R M; Sekerka, J; Short, N; Trichtchenko, A; Zdanowicz, C M; Boon, S; Copland, L; Haggarty, D; Hopkinson, C; Krabill, W; Menounos, B; Moore, R D; Pomeroy, J; Munro, D S; Wheate, R; Sharp, M
SourceSustaining Arctic observing networks, poster abstracts; 2008, 1 pages
LinksOnline - En ligne
Year2008
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20080091
MeetingSecond International Polar Year Workshop on Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON); Edmonton; CA; April 9-11, 2008
Documentbook
Lang.English
Mediadigital; on-line
Subjectsenvironmental geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; Nature and Environment; arctic geology; glacier surveys; glaciers; ice sheets; ice thicknesses; icefields; ice; icebergs; massive ice; sea ice; governments; observations
AbstractThe State and Evolution of Canada's Glaciers initiative provides information and data products produced by the Federal Government's National Glacier-Climate Observing System (monitoring, assessment and data portal) and related freshwater vulnerability research in western and northern Canada. The Glacier-Climate Observing System is delivered through an integrated monitoring and research collaborative comprised of Natural Resources Canada-Geological Survey of Canada (lead agency), Geomatics Canada-Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Environment Canada-National Water Research Institute and Water Survey of Canada, Parks Canada Agency, C-CORE PolarView, and partner universities and their related initiatives such as the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences IP3 and WC2N research networks.

Our glacier-climate observations are derived from the in-situ measurement of a network of reference glaciers in the Cordillera and the Canadian Arctic Islands. Both aircraft and orbital remote sensing are applied in a multi-scale/multi-mode fashion to generate regional perspectives on the state of land ice and its responses to climate variations. With this data the collaborative conducts research on the relationship between climate, glacier fluctuations and their impacts on freshwater systems (e.g., river flow, cold stream ecology, groundwater recharge, and flow to oceans).

The development of improved remote sensing tools is also a major research thrust. With the support of the Canadian Space Agency, European Space Agency, Canadian Consortium for Lidar Environmental Applications Research (C-CLEAR), and NASA - Wallops Flight Facility, new tools and a systematic approach are increasingly brought to bear to understand more completely and with reduced uncertainty the magnitude, causality and impacts of Canada's changing glaciers.

System outputs are used to a) inform national and international climate change programs and process; b) improve knowledge regarding the nature and locations of historical, current, and potential future impacts of climate change, c) assist Canadians in understanding and adapting to climate change impacts on natural resources at a regional and national scale. The System provides leadership and co-ordination of Canada's contribution to WMO's Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) - Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers (GTN-G), the contribution of Essential Climate Variables for GEO/GEOSS, and providing such as Official Communications to the Parties of the Convention UNFCCC. For additional information:
http://pathways.geosemantica.net/WSHome.aspx?ws=NGP SECG&locale=en-CA
GEOSCAN ID225155