Site: Wapta Icefield / Peyto Glacier AB/BC

 

Type

Variable

Frequency

Period

Availability

Storage

Note

Meteorological

Solar radiation, air temperature/humidity, wind speed, precipitation, snow depth

1 hr

1987-2013

Local

Files

Meteorological records from main (off glacier: ablation, ELA and accumulation sites) station. Also available long-term climate datasets for Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper

15 min, 30 min

2010-present

 

DataBase

 

Peyto Basin in WISKI.

Hydrometric

Streamflow (derived)

TBA

1966-1976 (IHD effort),

 

1977-1983 sporadic efforts,

 

2013

Local

Files

Streamflow records collected for Peyto Creek. Gauge destroyed in July 1983; streamflow measurements resumed in 2013

Hydrometric

Streamflow (derived)

TBA

TBA

Water Survey of Canada

Files

Mistaya River near the mouth

North Saskatchewan River near Whirlpool Point

Eddy covariance flux data

surface energy and flux profiles

 

 

Local

Files

 

Remote sensing

Icefield/outlet glacierá area, length, elevation, hypsometry, facies

 

2003-2013

1950s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2010s

Local

Files

LiDAR,

Imagery (Landsat, Radarsat, ModIS), aerial photography

 

Glaciological

Mass balance including snow depth at points

-Measured seasonal & annual balances

-Modelled long-term annual balance post LIA

1966-present

Local,

NRCan

Files

East, Central and West accumulation basins + more recent observationsá down the Yoho Glacier

Glaciological

Accumulation rate

Annual

1966-present

Local, NRCan

Files

Flow divide and other sites along major flow lines

Glaciological

Glacier thickness

Limited

1980s

2010s

Local, NRCan

Files

Historical and contemporary ice-penetrating radar surveys

Glaciological

Ice motion

Limited

2010-

present

Local, NRCan

 

From massá balance pole movement surveys and lidar-based feature tracking

 

Current status of the data and milestones

Dataset is publicly available.

 

Pradhananga, D., Pomeroy, J.W., Aubry-Wake, C., Munro, D.S., Shea, J., Demuth, M.N., Kirat, N.H., Menounos, B., & Mukherjee, K. (2020). áHydrometeorological, glaciological and geospatial research data from the Peyto Glacier Research Basin in the Canadian Rockies [Dataset]. Federated Research Data Repository. https://doi.org/10.20383/101.0259

 

Columbia Icefield contact:

Meteorological:

John Pomeroy, U.Sask. CfH

 

Hydrometric:

John Pomeroy, U.Sask. CfH

 

Glaciological:

Michael N. Demuth, P.Eng., P.Geo.

Research Scientist in Glaciology, Cold Regions Water Resources, Remote Sensing

 

NRCan/ESS Program on Climate Change Geoscience

Lead - State & Evolution of Canada's Glaciers/ECV

 

Canadian National Representative - World Glacier Monitoring Service

 

University of Saskatchewan - Centre for Hydrology

http://www.usask.ca/hydrology/people/Demuth_Mike.php

 

Cryosphere Geoscience Section
Geological Survey of Canada
Natural Resources Canada
601 Booth Street
3 - 386
Ottawa ON
K1A 0E8

 

tel: + 1 613 996 0235
facsimile / tÚlÚcopieur: + 1 613 992 0190
e-mail: mike.demuth@nrcan.gc.ca