What the Glaciers Are Telling Us - Part 2

Energy Supply, Environment

Sep 24, 2012  Comment

You might recall that last year, we hired scientists from the Yukon's Northern Climate ExChange, the University of Alberta and the Yukon Geological Survey to gather information on the expected impacts of climate change on the glaciers that feed our hydro systems. The report is available for you to read on-line.

The report pointed out a number of areas where there were information gaps.  In particular, it suggested that more study be done of the Llewellyn Glacier due to its large size and potentially high sensitivity to climate change. Another recommendation was to focus on how snow conditions might change with continued warming. We have taken that advice and are now working with the same organizations on the next phase of our glacier research.

Scientists have installed two monitoring stations in the Fantail River basin - the headwaters of the Yukon River - close to Atlin, B.C. The stations will record information such as air temperature, precipitation (both rain and snow) and solar radiation. They'll track changes in the weather both in the medium and long term. By having a network of long-term weather observation stations, the researchers will be able to recognize the differences between long-term climatic changes and year-to-year or cycle-to-cycle weather variations.  

The Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College has written an article that provides more detail on the work being done. We think you'll find it an interesting read.

Below are photos of the field crew installing one of the monitoring stations at a site on the Upper Fantail. Photo credit: Lacia Kinnear/Yukon Research Centre.


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