A large, stratified, random sample is used to identify vegetation related patterns of snowcover and patterns of land and lake snowcover properties in the basin of Elizabeth Lake, Labrador, Canada. Spatial patterns of snow depth, density and water equivalent are discussed using analyses of variance and trend surface analyses. Statistically significant relationships are demonstrated between these properties and four distinctive “landscape units,” Tundra, Open Lichen Woodland, Close Lichen Woodland and Lake. Special features of a mid-winter lake snowcover are discussed including the amount and type of snow present and the spatial patterns in it. The survey system used appears to be useful for hydrologic work.
- Received May 13, 1982.
- © IWA Publishing 1982