U of S Centre for Hydrology contribution to Global Chorus

The University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology has contributed two chapters to Global Chorus, a collection of 365 perspectives on the environmental future of the planet.

John Pomeroy, director and Bob Sandford, fellow have written contributions on climate change and hydrology that are frank assessments of the challenges imposed by excessive greenhouse gases and the global water crisis from the perspective of research in western Canada and elsewhere.

Contributors to the book are from around the world and include Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jane Goodall, John Ralston Saul, Farley Mowat and many others. Global Chorus is being published this month by Rocky Mountain Books: more details are available at http://globalchorus.ca

Pomeroy to Lecture on 2013 Floods at U of C

Professor John Pomeroy has been invited to make a presentation titled The Mountain Hydrology behind the Alberta Flood of 2013 as part of the University of Calgary’s Energy and Environmental Systems Specialization Seminar Series.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 3pm on Monday 6th October in EEEL 210 (Energy. Environment. Experiential Learning, 750 Campus Drive).

R Lunch Wednesday 15th October 11:30am

This month’s R Lunch will take place on Wednesday October 15th at 11:30am in Physics 126.

It will be presented by Phillip Harder, who is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Hydrology. The title of his presentation is: How reproducible is your research?: Principles and R examples

Bring your lunch and learn something new!

R Lunch, Wednesday 17 September

You are invited to the next R Lunch, an occasional series showing how R is used in the university.

It will be on Wednesday September 17 at 12:00 noon in Arts 213.

This session will be presented by Dr. Nicole Nadorozny, who is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dept. of Computer Science.
Her presentation touches on R, GIS and hydrology, so will be of interest to many people.

WaterToolbox Tool – A River Health Assessment Tool

Presentation Summary:
A scientifically-based statistical protocol for conducting baseline assessments in river indicators was developed for Saskatchewan Watersheds using R open source software. The empirical assessments quantify the state of rivers and indicate if conditions have stayed the same, improved or deteriorated given time series available.

A WaterToolbox tool for ESRI ArcGIS was developed to implement the statistical framework for system application. The tool uses monitoring data from Provincial and Federal sources accessed via a file geodatabase and runs the R scripts through a Python interface within the ArcGIS platform.

Bring your lunch and learn something new!

Yale Magazine Features CH Research

Author Ed Struzik has written an article on the loss of snow and glaciers in the Canadian Rockies and how this threatens water resources in Western Canada. The article highlights some research results from the Centre for Hydrology and allied researchers in western Canada. It is available online here.


Saskatoon Conference on Long Term Threats to the Saskatchewan River Basin

The Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin and the Canadian Water Resources Association (Saskatchewan Branch) will be holding their conference at the Delta Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon from October 27-29, 2014.

The theme for the conference will be Long-Term Threats to the Saskatchewan River Basin.

More information is available in a PDF, on the conference web-site at www.skriverthreats.com, or contact PFSRB at partners@saskriverbasin.ca.

Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory research highlighted

Research at the Fortress Mountain Snow Laboratory of the Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory was highlighted in a recent article in the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

The article described a day in the field with Dr Jonathan Conway, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Hydrology and his field research on the energetics of mountain snowmelt. Dr Conway’s postdoctoral research, which is supervised by Dr Warren Helgason of the Dept of Civil and Geological Engineering and Dr John Pomeroy, will advance our understanding of turbulent and radiative transfer to alpine snowpacks and glaciers. The Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory, funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, is now almost completely installed.

Prairie Floods – More CH Media Contributions

The unprecedented summer flooding through parts of the prairies over past weeks has prompted a series of requests for insights and comments from hydrologists. In response, CH staff have given several interviews, giving rise to the following articles and reports:

Prof. John Pomeroy:

  • Moosomin World Spectator (11 Aug): Hydrology expert says future flooding may be alleviated  Original
  • Western Producer (18 Jul): Pay farmers to stop drainage: research chair  Original / PDF
  • Western Producer (17 Jul): Lake Winnipeg to get worst of flood  Original / PDF
  • Yorkton This Week (16 Jul): Floods show something is changing  Original / PDF
  • Winnipeg Free Press (12 Jul): Analysis – Manitoba at ground zero  Original / PDF
  • CBC TV – The National (11 Jul): Why did the prairies flood again so soon?  Original
  • ClimateWire (10 Jul): A spectrum of anxiety mounts as unusual weather floods North America’s farm belt  Original
  • CBC News Manitoba (10 Jul): Draining wetlands contributes to Prairie summer floods, says expert  Original
  • NewsTalk 650 (10 Jul): Original
  • Globe and Mail (9 Jul): Loss of ponds, wetlands exacerbated Manitoba flooding: report  Original / PDF
  • Saskatoon Star Phoenix (9 Jul): Sound advice on water woes  Original / PDF
  • RCI – Radio Canada International (9 Jul): Weird floods “consistent with changes in climate”  Original / PDF
  • Politics and its Discontents (Blog) (9 Jul): Has Harper Betrayed The West?  Original
  • Saskatoon Star Phoenix (8 Jul): More prolonged storms a reality, researcher says  Original / PDF
  • Saskatoon Star Phoenix (8 Jul): Drainage contributing to flooding, expert says  Original / PDF
  • Regina Leader Post (8 Jul): Mandryk: Floods tells us our climate is changing  Original / PDF
  • CBC – The Current (8 Jul): State of Emergency: What’s the long-term solution to prairie flooding?  Original
  • CBC News Manitoba (8 Jul): Manitoba flooding: Next 48 hours critical, province says  Original / PDF
  • Ruminations (Blog) (8 Jul): Calamitous Climate  Original
  • PostMedia / Canada.com (7 Jul): Changing climate at root of ‘utterly unprecedented’ summer flood  Original / PDF
  • CBC The Morning Edition – Saskatoon (2 Jul): Expert says southeast Saskatchewan should expect more flooding  Original
  • CBC Saskatoon Morning (2nd July)
  • 660 News Radio (30 Jun): Prairie weather part of long-term changing climate: expert  Original
  • Manitoba Co-operator (30 Jun): Worthwhile trade-off  Original / PDF
  • Manitoba Co-operator (20 Jun): Province vows to tackle southwest’s water woes  Original / PDF

Dr Kevin Shook

  • Calgary Herald (30 Jun): Expert sees growing trend of torrential downpours on prairies  Original / PDF

Opportunities at the US NOAA / UCAR National Water Center

The US NOAA National Water Center, located on the University of Alabama’s campus at Tuscaloosa, is currently advertising a number of opportunities which may be of interest to CH students and other hydrologists.

The advertisement – which also provides an interesting insight into the breadth and depth of the enhancement of US federal research activities relating to hydrology – is available at http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/opportunities/NWC_Alabama.html.

CH Comments on Prairie Flooding

Dr Kevin Shook, SGI Research Fellow at CH, was asked by the Calgary Herald to comment on the heavy rainfall which has been hitting the prairies during the past week: the storm dropped more than the historical average precipitation for all of June over an extensive area (the town of Redvers, for example, received between 7 and 9 inches in two days), and led to widespread flooding. He sees storms like these as contributing to a pattern of increasing occurrences of multi-day rainfall events he’s detected across the region through analysis of climate data from the past century. The article is available online here, and in PDF format here.

On the same topic of prairie flooding, Prof. John Pomeroy has been interviewed several times by local radio stations:
- 660 News Radio (30 June)
- CBC The Morning Edition – Saskatoon (2nd July)
- CBC Saskatoon Morning (2nd July)