|Effects of climate variability and change on surface water storage within the hydroclimatic regime of the Athabasca River, Alberta, Canada
|Year of Publication
|Walker, G. S.
|University of Victoria
|Athabasca River, climate change, evaporation, lakes, precipitation, regional climate model, surface water, water balance, water level
Warmer air temperatures projected for the mid-21st century under climate change are expected to translate to increased evaporation and a re-distribution of precipitation around the world, including in the mid-latitude, continental Athabasca River region in northern Alberta, Canada. This study examines how these projected changes will affect the water balance of various lake sizes. A thermodynamic lake model, MyLake, is used to determine evaporation over three theoretical lake basins – a shallow lake, representative of perched basins in the Peace-Athabasca Delta near Fort Chipewyan; an intermediate-depth lake representative of industrial
Peace-Athabasca Delta, Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Athabasca River