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Hydrologic risk assessment framework for Alberta's green zone

  • Author / Creator
    Wagner, Michael Johann
  • In this dissertation, a hydrologic classification approach was tested using the shape factor of hydrographs to represent variation in streamflow regimes across Alberta. Hydrograph shape factor was effective at separating the forested landbase into 6 spatially distinct regions. Further statistical analysis of hydrometric data showed each region to have unique streamflow characteristics. Differences in physiography between regions were evident and strong associations were found between physical catchment characteristics and hydrologic variables describing streamflow magnitude and timing. In a case study, findings were used to define the regional natural range of hydrologic variation and applied into a watershed assessment tool evaluating the potential changes to streamflow regimes as a result of forest disturbance. This analysis showed that because of hydrologic variability among regions, spatial variation in sensitivity to harvest likely exists within the forested landbase, highlighting the need for development of regional criteria and indicators for sustainable management of water resources.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R32Q0Q
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Renewable Resources
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Silins, Uldis (Renewable Resources)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Diiwu, John (Alberta Sustainable Resource Development - Forest Planning Section)
    • Hicks, Faye (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Mendoza, Carl (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)