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click to enlarge PHOTO BY LYNN MARTEL - water wonders Hydrological researcher Dr. John Pomeroy downloads data images from a time-lapse camera at the University of Saskatchewan's Fisera Ridge snow study site in Alberta's Kanaskis Country, one of a number of sites making up the newly established Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory.
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  • water wonders Hydrological researcher Dr. John Pomeroy downloads data images from a time-lapse camera at the University of Saskatchewan's Fisera Ridge snow study site in Alberta's Kanaskis Country, one of a number of sites making up the newly established Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory.

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"We believe this enhancement of observational data will permit more accurate hydrological computer predictions of how much water, snow and ice we have, what the weather is and how it is changing," Pomeroy said.

The CRHO intends also to make much of its data available to the public in near-real time, which should help with snow and aquatic ecology monitoring, backcountry safety, recreational planning and transportation, as well as assist the parks in monitoring their hydrological resources.

"This project will provide a benchmark observational and prediction network for mountain snow hydrology and related hydrometeorological processes that control streamflow, aquatic ecosystems and climate in one of the most water-stressed basins in Canada — the Bow River," Pomeroy said.

"And it will contribute to increasing knowledge and reducing predictive uncertainty of the valuable mountain water resources that drive the economy of western Canada."

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