IP3 Research Basins
IP3's field research was conducted in eight primary (and several subsidiary) research basins. Ranging in area from 10 to 200 km2, they were chosen to be representative of the
cryosphere in Western Canada, sampling a great variety of cold region
topography, vegetation, climate and precipitation regimes along a NS and EW transect from high-
altitude cordilleran sites in the south and west (Rocky and Coast Mountains)
to high-latitude, low-elevation basins in the north
These basins provided a great variety
of conditions and characteristics against which to develop and test new ideas.
The observations made have been used to
improve cold regions process representations, to evaluate mesoscale
representations in models, and to assess model performance and sensitivity in
multicriteria prediction. More information is available on the data and archiving page.