Chris Fletcher To Deliver Research Presentation To Environment & Climate Change Canada

Monday, May 14, 2018

Dr. FletcherOn Thursday, May 17th, Dr. Christ Fletcher will deliver a presentation to Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC). The presentation will be given at 2 PM on Thursday, 17 May 2018 in the AQRD Boardroom (Room 4S624) at 4905 Dufferin Street, Toronto. Seminar details are given below.  Participants who would like to attend the seminar remotely can use the WebEx and teleconference service (connection details are found below the abstract). For more information please contact Judy Wan at or 416-739-4324.

The role of terrestrial snow in climate variability and change: insights from models and observations

Chris Fletcher, Associate Professor
Geography & Environmental Management, University of Waterloo


Snow covers about 50 million km^2 (roughly 10%) of Earth's surface during northern winter. The high albedo of snow relative to snow-free ground has profound implications for the surface energy budget. The terrestrial snowpack also provides a major storage term that controls the seasonal cycle, and long-term trends, in the surface water budget. Anthropogenic warming of the climate system is expected to cause dramatic reductions in the extent, and amount, of terrestrial snow during the 21st century. In this talk, I will review progress over the past decade toward understanding the role of snow in climate variability and change. Specifically, I will focus on our investigations into the snow albedo feedback mechanism through a number of projects using available observational data, and new and existing archives of simulations using earth system models. Many of these projects have been conducted with support from the Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution (CanSISE) network, and if time permits I will describe some of the major contributions emerging from CanSISE. I will conclude with a discussion of ongoing research in this area, and some of the remaining challenges to be addressed.


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Topic: CRD Seminar 
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018 
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) 
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