Questions or comments? Please contact: Faye Hicks or Mark Loewen
Water Resources Engineering (WRE) Group, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
North Saskatchewan River Freeze-up 2009
This research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
We gratefully acknowledge that support!
We would also like to sincerely thank our industry partners on the SWIPS project for their support and technical advice: BC Hydro, Manitoba Hydro, Newfoundland Labrador Hydro, Ontario Power Generation, the New York Power Authority, Fortum (Finland) and ASL Environmental Sciences, as well as CEA Technologies Inc.
This page was last updated on Dec. 4, 2009
We are studying freeze-up on the North Saskatchewan River to test new methodologies for measuring ice cover development processes on rivers, and to test our models of river ice processes and hydraulics.
Central to this effort is the deployment of the Shallow Water Ice Profiling System (SWIPS), for investigations complementary to our laboratory studies aimed at calibrating the SWIPS to facilitate quantitative measurements of suspended frazil ice.
Graduate research projects associated with this research:
Tadros Riad Ghobrial, PhD, in progress. Topic: Experimental Study of the Shallow Water Ice Profiling System
(Supervisors: Dr. Mark Loewen and Dr. Faye Hicks, WRE Professors)
Other key team members:
Josh Maxwell, WRE Research Engineer
Robyn Andrishak, WRE Senior Research Engineer
Chris Krath, WRE Field and Lab Technician
Volunteers (thanks guys!):
Les Hicks (pilot)
David Watson, MSc student (for assistance with the field deployment)
Quick Links to photos and data:
Photos from our Observational Flights (most recent was Dec 3, 2009)
measurements of ice pan thickness