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Snow life cycle in Umiujaq
April 27, 2016

A team from the Groupe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire des Milieux Polaires (GRIMP), including CEN researcher Alain Royer, led a field mission in Umiujaq (Nunavik) where they studied snow density. This density greatly influences the quantity of water which will be released into the rivers following snow melt in spring. It would be very useful to be able to anticipate these quantities, to prevent flooding for example, especially if the estimate could be made remotely using satellite imagery. This method has yet to be validated and fine-tuned, so the team had to defy the cold weather to make field measurements.

You can read a more detailed account of the field campaign here (in French) .  


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