Contact Murray D. MacKay:

Phone & Address

AFFILIATIONS

Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo, Department of Civil Engineering

AWARDS / EDUCATION

Ph.D. Atmospheric Physics, University of Toronto, 1996

 

Murray D. MacKay

Research Scientist - Regional and land-surface climate modeller

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Contributing to Environment Canada’s regional climate and land-surface modelling research and development

  • Developing dynamic mixed layer model for boreal lakes; Small lake research at the Experimental Lakes Area
  • Impact of land-surface heterogeneity, including lakes, on regional climate system
  • Snow pack physics and snow cover – atmosphere interaction
  • Great Lakes water levels, and regional climate modelling of the Great Lakes region

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

Theme lead for modelling component of the IPY research programme Variability and Change in the Canadian Cryosphere

Co-lead, International Upper Great Lakes Study project on modeling Great Lakes water balance

Working Group Chair: Scaling and modeling the role of lakes and reservoirs in climate change in AGU Chapman Conference on Lakes as Sentinels, Integrators, and Regulators of Climate Change, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, 8 - 10 September, 2008

KEY PUBLICATIONS

MacKay, M.D., P. Bartlett, E. Chan, C. Derksen, S. Guo and H. Leighton. 2006. On the Simulation of Regional Scale Sublimation over Boreal and Agricultural Landscapes. Atmosphere-Ocean. 44:289-304.

Bartlett, P.A., M.D. MacKay and D.L. Verseghy. 2006. Modified Snow Algorithms in the Canadian Land Surface Scheme: Model Runs and Sensitivity Analysis at Three Boreal Forest Stands. Atmosphere-Ocean. 44:207-222.

MacKay, M.D. and P.A. Bartlett. 2006. Estimating canopy snow unloading timescales from daily observations of albedo and precipitation. Geophys. Res. Lett. 33:L19405, doi:10.1029/2006GL027521.

MacKay, M.D., P. Bartlett, E. Chan, D. Verseghy, E.D. Soulis and F.R. Seglenieks. 2008. The MAGS Regional Climate Modeling System: CRCM-MAGS. In: Cold Region Atmospheric and Hydrologic Studies, Vol 1: Atmospheric Dynamics. Springer-Verlag, pp. 433-450.

MacKay, M.D., F. Seglenieks, D. Verseghy, E.D. Soulis, K.R. Snelgrove, A. Walker and K. Szeto. 2003. Modeling Mackenzie Basin Surface Water Balance During CAGES with the Canadian Regional Climate Model. J. Hydromet. 4:748-767.

MacKay, M.D., K. Szeto, D. Verseghy, E. Chan and N. Bussières. 2002. Mesoscale Circulations and Surface Energy Balance During Snowmelt in High Resolution Simulations of a Regional Climate Model. Nordic Hydrology. 34:91-106.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

Air
     Adaptation & Impacts
          Climate
          Computer analysis and modelling
Climate
     Climate Change and Processes
          Land Surface/Atmosphere Interactions
     Climate Modelling
          Circulation
Water
     Great Lakes
          Water quantity