Assistant Professor

Room EV1-234, ext. 33629
christine.dow@uwaterloo.ca
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Christine joined the department following a postdoctoral fellowship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Her research interests are focused on the development of subglacial hydrological networks and the impact of this on ice dynamics on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. She analyses these systems using a combination of numerical modeling methods and data integration.


Key areas of graduate supervision:

Numerical modeling, glacial hydrology, ice dynamics, glaciology data collection.

Research interests:

My research interests center in glacial hydrology and ice dynamics. In particular, I use numerical models of subglacial water flow combined with remote sensing and in situ data to determine the impact of hydrological development underneath ice sheets and valley glaciers on ice flow.

My current research uses numerical models to assess stability of subglacial lakes in the Antarctic and their impact on the dynamics of fast-flowing ice streams. These large bodies of water accumulate and drain under the ice on scales of years to decades. I am also interested in the seasonal development of Greenland subglacial hydrological networks, particularly in regions of inland ice where the warming climate is allowing greater access of water to the bed of the ice sheet. Future research projects will involve field data collection and modeling of glaciers in the Yukon to examine impacts of a warming climate on Canada’s glaciers and contribute to mitigation policy. Cumulatively, these research interests aim to answer questions about the future of glaciers and ice sheets in our changing climate and contribute to predictions of ice-climate feedbacks.

Potential graduate student projects:

I welcome inquiries from students interested pursuing a Masters or PhD in glacial dynamics. Current PhD topics include, but are not limited to:
- Investigation of surging glacier dynamics in the Yukon Territory
- Supraglacial hydrology modeling on ice sheets and valley glaciers
- Modelling the impact of basal hydrology on grounding line stability in the Antarctic
- Testing the applicability of subglacial hydrology equations using in situ data
- Assessing subglacial sediment characteristics from glaciers in the Yukon Territory
Please contact me if you would like to discuss these projects or other potential avenues of research.

Recent publications:

  • Dow, C.F., Werder, M.A., Nowicki, S., Walker, RT..(2016) Modeling Antarctic subglacial lake filling and drainage cycles. The Cryosphere, 10, 1381–1393, doi:10.5194/tc-10-1381-2016

  • Dow, C.F., Kulessa, B., Rutt, I.C., Tsai, V.C., Pimentel, S., Doyle, S.H., van As, D., Lindbäck, K., Pettersson, R., Jones, G.A., and Hubbard, A. (2015)  Modeling of subglacial hydrological development following rapid supraglacial lake drainage. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 120, 1127–1147, doi:10.1002/2014JF003333.
  • Dow, C.F., Kulessa, B., Rutt, I. and Hubbard, A. (2014). Upper bounds on subglacial channel development for interior regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Journal of Glaciology, 60 (224), 1044-1052.
  • Dow, C.F., Kavanaugh, J.L., Sanders, J.W. and Cuffey, K.M. (2014).   A test of common assumptions used to infer subglacial water flow through overdeepenings. Journal of Glaciology, 60 (222), 725-734.
  • Fitzpatrick, A.A.W., Hubbard, A., Box, J.E., Quincey D.J., van As, D., Mikkelsen, A.P.B., Doyle, S.H., Dow, C.F., Hasholt, B., and Jones, G.A. (2014). A decade of supraglacial lake volume estimates across a land-terminating margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere 8, 107-121.
  • Dow, C.F., Hubbard, A., Booth, A.D., Doyle, S.H., Gusmeroli, A. and Kulessa, B. (2013) Seismic evidence of a sediment layer underlying Russell Glacier, West Greenland. Annals of Glaciology 54 (64), 135-141.
  • Jones, G.A. Kulessa, B., Doyle, S.H., Dow, C.F., and Hubbard, A. (2013). An automated approach to the location of icequakes using seismic waveform amplitudes.  Annals of Glaciology, 54 (64), 1-9.
  • Doyle, S.H., Hubbard, A., Dow, C.F., Jones, G.A., Fitzpatrick, A., Gusmeroli, A., Kulessa, B., Lindbäck, K., Pettersson, R., and Box, J.E. (2013). Ice tectonics during the rapid tapping of a supraglacial lake on the Greenland Ice Sheet, The Cryosphere  7 (1), 129-140.
  • Dow, C.F., Kavanaugh, J.L., Sanders, J.W. and Cuffey, K.M.  (2011). Subsurface hydrology of an overdeepened cirque glacier. Journal of Glaciology. 57 (206), 1067-1078.
  • Sanders, J.W., Cuffey, K.M., MacGregor, K.R., Kavanaugh, J.L. and Dow, C.F. (2010). Dynamics of an alpine cirque glacier. American Journal of Science. 310, 217-227.
  • Kavanaugh, J.L., Moore, P.L., Dow, C.F., and Sanders, J.W. (2010). Using pressure pulse seismology to examine basal criticality and the influence of sticky spots on glacial flow.  Journal of Geophysical Research, 115 (F04025), doi:10.1029/2010JF001666.
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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