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Faron Anslow

Lead, Climate Analysis and Monitoring

As a PCIC Climatologist Faron Anslow's work focuses on the assimilation of historical climate records from six provincial ministries and two private stakeholders (BCHydro and Rio Tinto/Alcan) into a homogeneous climate dataset. In summer, 2011 these data will be used to develop high-resolution, monthly climatology maps of BC in a collaborative effort with the PRISM group at Oregon State University. Together, the station archive, mapped climatology, and recent observations will be used for monitoring seasonal conditions and placing those in the context of the known climate history of British Columbia. Soon, this analysis will result in the release of quarterly climate assessments for the province such as those already released by the the adjacent institutions: Oregon Climate Service, the Alaska Climate Research Center, and the office of the Washington State Climatologist.

Faron is also interested in the effects of the Pacific Ocean on the climate of British Columbia. These effects are transmitted through such phenomena as El Niño / Southern Oscillation, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and the atmospheric teleconnections they induce. Changes in Pacific Ocean conditions have major impacts on precipitation and temperature in the province. Another research interest concerns the impacts of climate on the glaciers of British Columbia.

  • PhD Geology and Atmospheric Science, Oregon State University
  • MSc Geography and Climate Science, University of Calgary
  • BSc Chemistry, Oregon State University
Selected Publications: 
  • Anslow, F.S. and Y. Wang, 2016: Statistical Homogenization of Temperature Data from the Williston Basin and Campbell River Regions of British Columbia. Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, 38 pp
  • Chandler, P.C., King, S.A., and Perry, R.I. (Eds.). in preparation: State of the physical, biological and selected fishery resources of Pacific Canadian marine ecosystems in 2015. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. XXXX: vi + YYY p.
  • Ministry of Environment, 2016: Indicators of Climate Change for British Columbia - 2016 Update. Victoria, BC, Ministry of Environment. 58pp.
  • Clarke, G.K.C., A.H. Jarosch, F.S. Anslow, V. Radić and B. Menounos, 2015: Projected deglaciation of western Canada in the twenty-first century. Nature Geoscience, 8, 372-377, doi:10.1038/ngeo2407.
  • Ullman, D.J., A.E. Carlson, F.S. Anslow, A.N. LeGrande and J.M. Licciardi, 2015: Laurentide ice-sheet instability during the last deglaciation. Nature Geoscience, 8, 534-537, doi:10.1038/ngeo2463.
  • Ullman, D.J., A.E. Carlson, A.N. LeGrande, F.S. Anslow, A.K. Moore, M. Caffee, K.M. Syverson and J.M. Licciardi, 2015: Southern Laurentide ice-sheet retreat synchronous with rising boreal summer insolation. Geology, 43, 23-26, doi:10.1130/G36179.1.
  • Williamson, S.N., D.S. Hik, J.A. Gamon, A.H. Jarosch, F.S. Anslow, G.K.C. Clarke and S. Rupp, submitted: MODIS LST is inherently cold-biased in snow covered mountain terrain when compared with average air temperature. Remote Sensing of Environment, 30 p.
  • Ullman, D.J., LeGrande, A.N., Carlson, A.E., Anslow, F.S., and Licciardi, J.M, 2014: Assessing the impact of Laurentide Ice-Sheet topography on glacial climate: Climates of the Past, 10, 487-507, doi:10.5194/cp-10-487-2014.
  • Jarosch, A.J., C. Schoof, and F.S. Anslow. (2013), Restoring mass conservation to shallow ice flow models over complex terrain. The Cryosphere, 7, 229-240, doi: 10.5194/tc-7-229-2013
  • Clarke, G.K.C., F.S. Anslow, A.H. Jarosch, V. Radic, B. Menounos, T. Bolch, and E. Berthier. (2012), Ice volume and subglacial topography for western Canadian glaciers from mass balance fields, thinning rates, and a bed stress model: Journal of Climate, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00513.1.
  • Murray, D.S., A.E. Carlson, B.S. Singer, F.S. Anslow, F. He, M. Caffee, S.A. Marcott, Z. Liu, and B.L. Otto-Bliesner. (2012), Northern Hemisphere forcing of the last deglaciation in southern Patagonia: Geology, doi: 10.1130/G32836.1.
  • Carlson, A.E., D.J. Ullman, F.S. Anslow, F. He, P.U. Clark, Z. Liu, and B.L. Otto-Bliesner (2012), Modeling the Surface Mass Balance Response of the Laurentide Ice Sheet to Bølling warming and Its Contribution to Meltwater Pulse 1A: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 315-316, 24-29.
  • Jarosch, A.H., F.S. Anslow, and G.K.C. Clarke (2010) High-resolution precipitation and temperature downscaling for glacier models. Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-010-0949-1.
  • Anslow, F.S., P.U. Clark, M.D. Kurz, and S.W. Hostetler (2010) Geochronology and paleoclimatic implications of the last deglaciation of the Mauna Kea Ice Cap, Hawaii. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, *297*, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.06.025.
  • Carlson, A.E., F.S. Anslow, E.A. Obbink, A.N. LeGrande, D.J. Ullman, and J.M Licciardi (2009) Surface-melt driven Laurentide Ice Sheet retreat during the early Holocene. Geophysical Research Letters, *36*, doi: 10.1029/GL040948.
  • Ersek, V., S.W. Hostetler, H. Cheng, P.U. Clark, F.S. Anslow, A.C. Mix, and R.L. Edwards (2009), Environmental influences on speleothem groeth in southwestern Oregon during the last 380000 years. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.01.008.
  • Anslow, F. S., S. Hostetler, W. R. Bidlake, and P. U. Clark (2008), Distributed energy balance modeling of South Cascade Glacier, Washington and assessment of model uncertainty, J. Geophys. Res., 113, F02019, doi:10.1029/2007JF000850.
  • Carlson, A.E., LeGrande, A.N., Oppo, D.W., Came, R.E., Schmidt, G.A., Anslow, F.S., Licciardi, J.M., and Obbink, E.A. (2008), Rapid early Holocene deglaciation of the Laurentide ice sheet, Nature Geoscience, *1*, pp 620-624/.
  • Shea, J. M., Moore, R. D., and Anslow, F. S. (2008) Estimating meteorological variables within glacier boundary layers, Southern Coast Mountains, British Columbia, Canada, 17th Conference on Applied Climatology, 11-14 August 2008, Whistler, BC.
  • Marshall, S., M.Sharp, D.O.Burgess, and F.Anslow., (2007). Surface temperature lapse rate variability on the Prince of Wales Icefield, Ellesmere Island, Canada: Implications for regional-scale downscaling of temperature. International Journal of Climatology, *27*, 385-398.
  • Shea, J.M., F.S. Anslow, and S.J. Marshall (2005). Hydrometeorological relationships on Haig Glacier, Alberta, Canada. Annals of Glaciology, *40*, pp 40-60.