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Peters, D. L. (2014)
Publisher: Copernicus Publications
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: G, GE1-350, GB3-5030, Geography. Anthropology. Recreation, Environmental sciences, Physical geography
This comment paper addresses data and analysis issues in a paper entitled "Streamflow Input to Lake Athabasca, Canada" by Rasouli et al. (2013). Analyses of observed and naturalized lake level data for Lake Athabasca are redone in this comment paper with corrected hydrometric data to provide northerners and researchers with the correct information for environmental assessments. The comment paper also highlights the importance of including in the analysis not only direct inflows to Lake Athabasca, but also the hydraulic influences on lake outflow, especially when meaningful future projections of lake levels are required for water management.
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