Faculty Publications

Title

The effect of weather map scale on the results of A synoptic climatology

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Atmospheric circulation, Glacier mass balance, Map scale, South‐western Canada, Synoptic climatology

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Climatology

Volume

4

Issue

5

First Page

481

Last Page

493

Abstract

The results of an objective synoptic climatology of glacier mass balance in south‐western Canada are affected by the scale and degree of generality of the synoptic patterns used. Two scales of 500 mb daily weather maps are compared. Statistical analysis shows little direct relationship between the two scales: the smaller, high wave number patterns vary randomly within the more general flow of the larger circulation patterns. However, further analysis suggests that the smaller synoptic patterns control glacier mass balance in coastal British Columbia. Glacier accumulation in the Canadian Rockies is more closely related to larger‐scale atmospheric flow. Copyright © 1984 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Original Publication Date

1-1-1984

DOI of published version

10.1002/joc.3370040504

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