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Pacific Climate Seminar Series - Dr. R. D. (Dan) Moore, UBC, October 24, 2012 (3:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

Dr. R. D. (Dan) Moore presents "Hydrologic response to future climate change: incorporating the effects of changing land cover" as part of the joint PCIC-PICS Pacific Climate Seminar Series.

Title: Hydrologic response to future climate change: incorporating the effects of changing land cover

When: October 24, 2012 (3:30 pm - 4:30 pm)
Where: Lower Level Boardroom (Room 002), University House 1, University of Victoria View Map

Presenter: Dr. R. D. (Dan) Moore, Professor, Dept of Geography and Dept of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia

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Hundreds if not thousands of studies have assessed the potential hydrologic responses to future climate scenarios. However, relatively few studies have incorporated the effects of land cover changes, which can result from direct or indirect effects of climate change (e.g., glacier retreat, forest mortality associated with insect outbreaks)  as well as human manipulation (e.g., forest harvesting). This presentation will draw upon recent projects focused on generating future streamflow scenarios, with explicit consideration of the influences of both climatic and land cover changes, for three catchments  in southern British Columbia: Bridge River, southern Coast Mountains (glacier change), Mica Reservoir, Columbia Mountains (glacier change), and San Jose River, Interior Plateau (forest disturbance and management). The presentation will highlight challenges encountered in conducting the research, including the limitations associated with the structure of the hydrologic models and the inconsistencies between the hydrologic models and the models used to simulate glacier and forest cover dynamics.

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