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Faron Anslow

Lead, Climate Analysis and Monitoring

As a PCIC Climatologist and the lead of the Climate Analysis and Monitoring theme 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 called the Provincial Climate Dataset (PCDS). These data have been used to develop high-resolution maps of BC’s climate in a collaborative effort with the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University. Faron also monitors and reports on monthly and seasonal weather averages and places those in the context of the known climate history of British Columbia. This reporting takes the form of annual updates on BC’s weather conditions, contributions to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ annual State of the Pacific Ocean Report and occasional PCIC newsletter pieces when unusual weather strikes.

Faron also contributes to more in-depth analysis of BC’s climate and improvements to the climate data. Recent projects have included assessing temporal trends in temperature, precipitation, streamflow, snow and sea surface temperature; working with graduate student Yaqiong Wang to assess non-climatic changes in long station records; developing quality control procedures that leverage the PCDS’s dense network to reveal errors in daily temperature and precipitation observations; and assessing the sufficiency of the observational networks for monitoring weather conditions for BC’s agricultural regions and for BC’s climate monitoring efforts as a whole.

Faron is also interested in the impacts of climate on the glaciers of British Columbia and how those changes may impact the province’s hydrological future. He has assisted PCIC’s Hydrologic Impacts theme in incorporating glacier models in their hydrological modelling efforts. Additional interests include the effects of the Pacific Ocean on the climate of British Columbia and how those effects are transmitted through such phenomena as El Niño / Southern Oscillation, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and the atmospheric teleconnections they induce.

  • PhD Geology and Atmospheric Science, Oregon State University
  • MSc Geography and Climate Science, University of Calgary
  • BSc Chemistry, Oregon State University
Selected Publications: 
  • Williamson, S.N., D.S. Hik, J.A. Gamon, A.H. Jarosch, F.S. Anslow, G.K.C. Clarke and T.S. Rupp, 2017: MODIS LST is inherently biased compared to air temperature in snow covered sub-Arctic mouintains. Remote Sensing of Environment, 189, 14-24, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2016.11.009.
  • 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.