VIU Science and Technology Lecture Series 2017

If you missed Dr.Bill Floyd’s presentation, “Rain, Snow and Ice: The Hydrology of Coastal Watersheds in SE Alaska and British Columbia,” here is a brief re-cap and summary. This presentation provided an overview of the regional hydrology for coastal BC and SE Alaska, highlighting the importance of snow and ice in our aquatic and marine ecosystems, and some current initiatives to improve our understanding of these systems. The Coast of BC and SE Alaska is one of the most hydrologically diverse regions on Earth. The wide range in latitude, coupled with mountain ranges that extend up to 4000m above sea level, results in hydrological systems that are influenced by snow, rain and ice, sometimes at the exact same time. The region is also susceptible to very intense storms known as Atmospheric Rivers, which can cause extensive flooding and landslides over very specific geographic areas. These characteristics make the region a very exciting place to work, live and play, with the majority of people living in the southern portion. It also makes it a region that is highly susceptible to climate change, especially the areas where we like to settle.

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