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Adjunct Faculty, Department of Environmental Studies and Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geography, University of Waterloo


Ph.D. Geography, University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal Award: Outstanding Academic Performance


Chris Derksen

Research Scientist - Cryosphere and Climate Interaction

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Develop new knowledge on the state, variability, and change in the cryosphere, including the role in the climate system

  • Retrieval of information on the cryosphere from airborne and satellite remote sensing
  • Application of satellite datasets to climatological, hydrological, and modelling studies of the cryosphere
  • Field studies of the properties and distribution of high latitude snow cover


Co-Investigator and Theme Leader, "Variability and Change in the Canadian Cryosphere - Canadian contribution to the State and Fate of the Polar Cryosphere", International Polar Year network project

Past-President, Eastern Snow Conference

Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing


Derksen, C., S. L. Smith; M. Sharp; L. Brown; S. Howell; L. Copland; D. R. Mueller; Y. Gauthier; C. Fletcher; A. Tivy; M. Bernier; J. Bourgeois; R. Brown; C. R. Burn; C. Duguay; P. Kushner; A. Langlois; A. G. Lewkowicz; A. Royer; A. Walker. 2012. Variability and Change in the Canadian Cryosphere. Climatic Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0470-0.

Derksen, C., P. Toose, J. Lemmetyinen, J. Pulliainen, A.Langlois, N. Rutter and M. Fuller. 2012. Evaluation of passive microwave brightness temperature simulations and snow water equivalent retrievals through a winter season. Remote Sensing of Environment. 117: 236–248.

Derksen, C., P. Toose, A. Rees, L. Wang, M. English, A. Walker, and M. Sturm. 2010. Development of a tundra-specific snow water equivalent retrieval algorithm for satellite passive microwave data. Remote Sensing of Environment. 114: 1699-1709.

Brown, R., C. Derksen, and L. Wang. 2010. A multi-dataset analysis of variability and change in Arctic spring snow cover extent, 1967-2008. Journal of Geophysical Research. doi:10.1029/2010JD013975.

Derksen, C., M. Sturm, G. Liston, J. Holmgren, H. Huntington, A. Silis, and D. Solie. 2009. Northwest Territories and Nunavut snow characteristics from a sub-Arctic traverse: Implications for passive microwave remote sensing. Journal of Hydrometeorology. 10(2): 448-463.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

Arctic & Northern
     Climate Change and Processes
          Satellite remote sensing
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