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dc.contributor.supervisor Boon, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Burles, Katie
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-16T21:24:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-16T21:24:38Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/2562
dc.description xii, 129 leaves : ill,, map ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Forested watersheds in western North America are subject to significant change from natural and anthropogenic disturbance, including wildfire. Forest canopy changes have subsequent impacts on sub-canopy snow processes. A simple, process-based point energy balance model was developed to quantify differences in energy balance characteristics between a burned and a healthy forest stand. Potential model uncertainties were identified using sensitivity analyses. Simulated snowmelt accurately recreated measured snowmelt, providing confidence in the model’s ability to simulate energy balance processes in subcanopy environments where wind redistribution and sublimation are not major drivers of the local snowmelt energy balance. In the burned stand, sub-canopy snow accumulation was greater but melted more rapidly than in the healthy stand. The removal of forest canopy resulted in more energy available for snowmelt, including higher short-wave and lower long-wave radiation, and increased turbulent fluxes. Burned stands should be considered a separate land cover type in larger scale watershed models. en_US
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dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Geography, 2010 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Wildfires -- Environmental aspects -- Alberta -- Crowsnest Pass en_US
dc.subject Forest fires -- Environmental aspects -- Alberta -- Crowsnest Pass en_US
dc.subject Forest biodiversity -- Effect of fire on -- Research -- Alberta -- Crowsnest Pass en_US
dc.subject Lost Creek (Alta.) -- Fire, 2003 en_US
dc.subject Oldman River Watershed (Alta.) -- Research en_US
dc.subject Post-fire forest management -- Research -- Alberta -- Crowsnest Pass en_US
dc.subject Snow -- Thermal properties -- Research en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Snowmelt energy balance in a burned forest stand, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Geography en_US
dc.degree.level Masters


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