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2-D modeling of freeze-up processes on the Athabasca River downstream of Fort McMurray, Alberta Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
ice cover
Fort McMurray
bridging
CRISSP2D
freeze-up
ice regime
Athabasca River
River2D
2-D model
border ice
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Wojtowicz, Agata
Supervisor and department
Hicks, Faye (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Myers, Paul (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Steffler, Peter (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Department
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-04-12T17:21:25Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study is part of a three year project aimed to assess the effects of industrial water withdrawals on the ice regime of the Athabasca River. A 2-D numerical model was used to provide quantitative data for this effort. Freeze-up monitoring was carried out over two years along 80-km of the river from Fort McMurray to Bitumount. Summer bathymetric and winter ice surveys were conducted along with discharge measurements on a 5-km long detailed study reach that exhibited the full range of ice cover initiation processes. The data collected was used to build a CRISSP2D river ice process model for the simulation of freeze-up processes. An extensive parametric assessment was carried out to evaluate the capabilities of the model. Although it was not possible to simulate bridging, the simulated border ice agreed very well with field observations. Limitations of the model are addressed and future research recommendations are included.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R31H23
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License granted by Agata Wojtowicz (wojtowic@ualberta.ca) on 2010-04-09T22:50:03Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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