Laura Brown, Associate Professor


Home Campus:
U o f T Mississauga

University of Waterloo (2012)

Other Degrees:
MSc York University (2004)
HBSc York University (2001)
Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing – York University (2001)

Contact Information:

Office: DV3279 (UTM)

Personal Website:

Research Interests:

  • Cryosphere
  • Climate – Lake ice interactions
  • Remote sensing and numerical modelling

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR384 Climatology of Canadian Landscapes (Fall Term)
GGR484 / GGR 1217 The Climate of the Arctic (Fall Term)
GGR317 The Cryosphere (Winter Term)
GGR214 Global Weather and Climate (Winter Term)

Call For Students:

I am actively recruiting highly motivated MSc or PhD students who are interested in the cryosphere, with a particular focus on ice and snow. Research projects are currently underway in Central Ontario and Nunavut. Potential projects could involve field work and/or remote sensing and/or numerical modelling.

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Ariano SS and Brown LC. An investigation of temperate region lake ice processes on medium sized lakes in Central OntarioHydrological Processes, Online May 8, 2019, doi: 10.1002/hyp.13481
  • Duguay C and Brown L. 2018. Lake Ice [in Arctic Report Card 2018],…
  • Murfitt J, Brown LC and Howell SEL. 2018. Estimating Lake Ice Thickness in Central Ontario. PLoS ONE 13(12): e0208519,
  • Murfitt J, Brown LC and Howell SEL. 2018. Evaluating RADARSAT-2 for the Automated Monitoring of Lake Ice Phenology Events in Mid-Latitudes, Remote Sensing, 10(10), 1641. doi: 10.3390/rs10101641
  • Woo MK, R Thorne and LC Brown. 2017. Comparison of runoff and river flow in two large northern basins. Hydrology Research, In Press (Hydrology-D-17-00199.R1  July 16, 2018).
  • Young KL, Brown LC, Labine C. Snowcover variability at Polar Bear Pass, Nunavut. Arctic Science, doi:10.1139/AS-2017-0016.
  • Yang, B., Young, J., Brown, L., & Wells, M. 2017. High-frequency observations of temperature and dissolved oxygen reveal under-ice convection in a large lake. Geophysical Research Letters, 44.
  • Murfitt J and Brown LC. Lake Ice and Temperature Trends for Ontario and Manitoba: 2001 to 2014. Hydrological Processes. 31:3596–3609, doi: 10.1002/hyp.11295
  • Gunn, G. E., Duguay, C.R., Brown, L.C., King, J., Atwood, D., Kasurak, A. Freshwater Lake Ice thickness Derived Using X- and Ku-band FMCW Scatterometers in the Hudson Bay Lowlands Near Churchill, Manitoba. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 120, December 2015, 115–126
  • Duguay, C., L. Brown, K.-K. Kang, and H. Kheyrollah Pour, 2015. [The Arctic] Lake ice [In “State of the Climate in 2014”]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96 (7), S144-S145
  • Surdu, C.M., Duguay, C.R. , Kheyrollah Pour, H., Brown, L.C, 2015. Ice Freeze-up and Break-up Detection of Shallow Lakes in Northern Alaska with Spaceborne SAR. Remote Sensing. May 18, 2015
  • Duguay, C., L. Brown, K.-K. Kang, and H. Kheyrollah Pour, 2014. [The Arctic] Lake ice [In “State of the Climate in 2013”]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 95 (7).
  • Svacina, N.A., Duguay, C.R, Brown, L.C. Modelled and satellite-derived surface albedo of lake ice – Part I: Evaluation of the albedo parameterization scheme of the Canadian Lake Ice Model. Hydrological Processes, Article first published online: 8 JUL 2014. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10253
  • Macrae, L.C. Brown, C.R. Duguay, J.A. Parrott and R.M. Petrone. 2014. Observed and projected climate change in the Churchill region of the Hudson Bay Lowlands and implications for pond sustainability. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, 46(1), 272-285.
  • Brown, L.C., Howell, S.E.L., Mortin, J., Derksen, C. 2014. Evaluation of the Interactive Multisensor  Snow  and  Ice Mapping System (IMS) for monitoring sea ice phenology. Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 147, 5, 65–78.
  • Duguay, C.R., Brown, L.C, Kang, K.K, Kheyrollah Pour, H. 2013. Lake ice [in Arctic Report Card 2013],
  • C.M. Surdu, C.R. Duguay, L.C. Brown, and D. Fernàndez-Prieto. 2014. Response of ice cover on shallow lakes of the north slope of Alaska to contemporary climate conditions (1950-2011): radar remote sensing and numerical modeling data analysis. The Cryosphere, 8 (1), 167-180.
  • Duguay, C., L. Brown, K.-K. Kang, and H. Kheyrollah Pour, 2013. [The Arctic] Lake ice [In “State of the Climate in 2012”]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94(8): S124-S126.
  • Brown, L.C. and Duguay, C.R. 2012. Modelling lake ice phenology with sub-grid cell variability. Advances in Meteorology, volume 2012, 529064, 19 pages, doi:10.1155/2012/529064.
  • Duguay, C., Brown, L, Kang, K, Kheyrollah Pour, H. 2012. [The Arctic] Lake Ice [in “State of the Climate 2011] Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society, 93(7), S138-S140.
  • C. Derksen, S.L. Smith, M. Sharp, L. Brown, S. Howell, L. Copland, D. 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, and A. 2012. Walker, Variability and Change in the Canadian Cryosphere. Climatic Change, Volume 115, Issue 1, pp 59-88, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0470-0.
  • Kheyrollah Pour, H, Duguay, C.R., Martynov, A., Brown, L.C. 2012. Simulation of surface temperature and ice cover of large northern lakes with 1-D models: A comparison with MODIS satellite data and in situ measurements. Tellus A, 64, 17614, DOI: 10.3402/tellusa.v64i0.17614.
  • Duguay, C.R., Brown, L.C, Kang, K.K, Kheyrollah Pour, H. 2011. Lake ice [in Arctic Report Card 2011],
  • Brown, L.C. and Duguay  C.R.  The  fate  of  lake  ice  in  the  North  American  Arctic. 2011. The  Cryosphere, 5, 869- 892, 2011,  doi:10.5194/tc-5-869-2011.
  • Brown, L.C. and Duguay, C.R. 2011. A comparison of simulated and measured lake ice thickness using a Shallow Water Ice Profiler. Hydrological Processes 25 (19), 2932-2941. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8087.
  • Brown, L.C., and Duguay, C.R. 2010. The response and role of ice cover in lake-climate interactions. Progress in Physical Geography, 34(5), 671-704. DOI: 10.1177/0309133310375653.
  • Howell, S.E.L., Brown, L.C., Kang, K.K., and Duguay, C.R. 2009. Variability in Ice Phenology on Great Bear Lake and Great Slave Lake, NWT, from SeaWind/QuikSCAT: 2000-2006. Remote Sensing of the Environment 113(4), 816-834.  DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2008.12.007
  • Brown, L., Thorne, R., and Woo, Mk. 2008. Using Satellite Imagery to Validate Simulated Snow Distribution in Large Northern Basins. Hydrologic Processes 22(15), 2777- 2787.
  • Brown, L. and Young, K.L. 2006. Assessment of mapping techniques to delineate lakes and ponds in a Canadian High Arctic wetland complex. Arctic 59(3), 283-293.
  • Woo, M.k., Young, K.L.   and   Brown, L.  2006. High Arctic patchy wetlands: Hydrologic variability and their sustainability.  Physical Geography 27(4), 297-307.

Reports / Book Chapters

  • Contributing Author to: Brown R and Barrette C. 2018. Chapter 2 Climate variability, trends and projected change for the Eastern Canadian Arctic. In Bell, T. and Brown, T.M (Eds), From Science to Policy in the Eastern Canadian Artic: An Integrated Regional Impact Study (IRIS) of Climate Change and Modernization. ArcticNet, Quebec City, 55-94.
  • Contributing Author to: Candlish L and Barber D. Chapter 2. Climate Variability and Projections. in  Stern, G.A. and Gaden, A. 2015. From Science to Policy in the Western and Central Canadian Arctic: An Integrated Regional Impact Study (IRIS) of Climate Change and Modernization. ArcticNet, Quebec City, 432 pp.
  • Contributing Author to:  Bush, E.J., Loder, J.W., James, T.S., Mortsch, L.D. and Cohen, S.J. 2014. An Overview of  Canada’s  Changing  Climate;  In Canada  in  a  Changing  Climate:  Sector  Perspectives  on  Impacts  and Adaptation, (ed.) F.J. Warren and D.S. Lemmen; Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON, p. 23-64.
  • Woo, M.k., Young, K.L., Brown, L. 2011. Wetlands of the Canadian Arctic and the  potential  effects  of  climatic warming. In J.A.A. Jones (ed.) Water Sustainability: A Global Perspective, Hodder Education, London.