2013 Alberta Floods Panel in Banff

The 2013 Flood: What Happened, Why It Happened, and What We Might Expect

Thursday, May 1, 7 to 9 PM: Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta
Admission by Donation

Join the Centre for Hydrology’s Professor John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources & Climate Change at the University of Saskatchewan; Paul Whitfield, Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Hydrology; and Bob Sandford, Chair of United Nations Water for Life Decade partnership in Canada, as they discuss the events of the 2013 flood, what we learned from it and how we can move forward.

Jason Mercer Awarded SWS Grant

CH’s Dr Cherie Westbrook writes -

I am very pleased to report that it was just announced that Jason Mercer has won a 2014 SWS Student Research Grant from the Society of Wetland Scientists to help fund his MSc work on resiliency of alpine wetlands to environmental change in the Rockies. These grants are extremely competitive, and only rarely is a student at a Canadian institution awarded one.

Congratulations Jason!

CH Commentary on 2014 Flood Prospects

With snowpack above normal in some parts of the Canadian Rockies and a cold April slowing melt so far, Prof. John Pomeroy has been interviewed by several media outlets on the scientific basis of the 2013 flood and the level of preparedness and prospects for flooding in the future.

The articles are available in PDF format from the following links:

CRHM Computer Modeller Opportunity, Yellowknife

The Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking to hire a
Computer Modeller to work in Yellowknife, NWT

We seek a hydrological modeller with

  • a working knowledge of C++
  • an excellent understanding of northern hydrology and cold regions hydrological processes
  • experience of running hydrological models for prediction
  • hydrometric and hydrometeorological data management experience

Once appointed, the successful applicant will be trained at the Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan, on the Cold Regions Hydrological Model (CRHM). He or she will then be stationed at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) office in Yellowknife. This position is funded by a grant from the Canadian Water Network for the purpose of knowledge application.

The modeller will be responsible for the interactive training of ENR staff on the use and application of CRHM for the purpose of improving their predictive capacity with respect to water resources in the Northwest Territories. The modeller will also work with a model interface developer for the purpose of refining and customising the interface so that it meets the needs of the ENR and their user communities. This is a one-year position commencing 1 April or 1 May 2014, with a salary of $62,000, plus benefits and vacation pay.

Applicants are invited to submit a CV, cover letter and the names and contact details of three referees. Applications and questions regarding this position should be directed to the address below. Applications by email are preferred.

William Quinton,
Cold Regions Research Centre,
Wilfrid Laurier University,
Waterloo, Canada, N2L 3C5.
519-884-0710, ext. 3281

GIWS Faculty Position in Watershed Modelling

Global Institute for Water Security and School of Environment and Sustainability: Faculty Position in Watershed Modelling

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the level of assistant, associate, or full professor. The successful candidate will join a core interdisciplinary science and modelling team to support the development of a $30 million research programme within the University’s Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) led by Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Water Security, Howard Wheater. The Institute combines expertise in natural sciences, engineering and social sciences and brings together over 120 faculty, scientists, students and post-doctoral fellows to address the local, regional and global challenges of water security. World-class facilities include the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, the Toxicology Centre, the Centre for Hydrology and Environment Canada’s National Hydrology Research Centre, in which GIWS is housed. We anticipate appointing either a young scientist of outstanding promise or a senior Faculty member with a recognized track record of international leadership in his or her field. A senior appointee would be expected to play a leading role in the management and further development of GIWS in collaboration with Director Howard Wheater and Associate Director Jeffrey McDonnell.

The appointee will be required to address one or more of the core themes of the CERC programme (Climate Change and Water Security, Land-Water Management and Environmental Change, Sustainable Development of Natural Resources) and to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary water research across the U of S and with external partners such as Environment Canada. One major focus for interdisciplinary research is the Saskatchewan River Basin Project, a World Climate Research Programme Regional Hydroclimate Project that builds on a set of world-class observatories to develop improved hydrological, water quality and water resource models for decision support. GIWS also leads Canada’s Changing Cold Regions Network, a $5 million multi-institutional effort that addresses environmental change in the interior of Western Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Arctic Ocean. Expertise is specifically required in the area of watershed modelling, with preference given to candidates with experience of working at large scales. Ability to teach statistical/stochastic hydrology is also required, and experience of remote sensing data assimilation would be an advantage. The candidate will also be expected to teach in the broader SENS curriculum.

Successful candidates must have a PhD and an established national or international reputation for research in one of the core themes of the CERC programme listed above. Excellence will be demonstrated through recent peer reviewed papers and citations in top tier journals, the ability to secure research funding and a proven track record of teaching and research supervision (scaled to years since PhD and desired rank at appointment). Excellent interpersonal skills are required, and evidence of successful research collaboration with national stakeholders and international researchers is desirable. For senior appointees, evidence of administrative experience relevant to managing and/or developing a research unit is essential.

Successful candidates will be appointed to a position within SENS, but may also seek a joint appointment with another academic unit, if desired and appropriate. A junior appointment will be tenure track. For a senior appointee, appointment with tenure is possible, where justified by a documented track record that meets the standards for research and teaching at the University of Saskatchewan. Review of applications will begin May 12, 2014, and continue until suitable candidates are found. Salary bands for this post are as follows: Assistant Professor – $86,844 – $104,357; Associate Professor – $104,357 – $121,871 and Professor – $121,871 – $142,303). This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.

The U of S is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (www.tourismsaskatoon.com), a city of ~250,000 on the South Saskatchewan River with a diverse and thriving economic base, a strong research cluster, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The boreal forest and world-class recreational opportunities exist within a 1.5 hour drive north of Saskatoon. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities, and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to a student population of about 20,000. The University is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. For information about the U of S, SENS and GIWS, please visit www.usask.ca, www.usask.ca/sens and www.usask.ca/water.

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to employment equity. Members of designated groups (women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities and visible minorities) are encouraged to self-identify on their applications. Applications will be judged solely on academic promise and achievement, but for candidates of equal ability, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send your CV, a letter of introduction, the names of three referees, and a summary of your research vision (1-page) and graduate training philosophy (1 page) in confidence to:
Kate Wilson, Global Institute for Water Security, U of S, Saskatoon, SK Canada S7N 3H5; E-mail: kate.wilson@usask.ca

Dr Cherie Westbrook Interviewed by Calgary Herald

CH’s Dr Cherie Westbrook has been interviewed by the Calgary Herald about her work with beaver ecohydrology in the Sibbald Lake area of Kananaskis Country, Alberta. The article highlights how beavers contribute to the creation and maintenance of wetlands, and provide a valuable form of natural flood resilience.

The article is available in PDF form here.

Glacier recession linkages to changing snow and warming climate studied by CH and CCRN researchers

Glaciers in the Canadian Rockies continue to retreat as the climate warms, despite recent high snowpack years and even historic wet conditions leading to floods.

An article in the Calgary Herald has reported on the results of studies of these glaciers and their hydrology by Shawn Marshall of the University of Calgary, Mike Demuth (Natural Resources Canada, Centre for Hydrology member), and John Pomeroy (Centre for Hydrology Director). It also includes discussion of the water resource implications by Robert Sandford (another member of the Centre for Hydrology).

The article is available in PDF form here.

AB ESRD Announces Flood-Prediction Budget

The Calgary Herald has reported that the Alberta Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resources Development has set aside substantial budgets for natural hazard prediction and warning, including a new rainfall intensity alarm system for the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains, flood-risk mapping and modelling.

These measures correspond closely to recommendations made by CH Director Prof. John Pomeroy in the aftermath of the June 2013 floods.

The article is available as a PDF download here.

Calgary Herald Reports on CCRN Canmore Workshop

The Calgary Herald has published several articles documenting discussions leading up to or occurring at the Changing Cold Regions Network Workshop on Extreme Weather and Hydrology, held in Canmore over the 11th and 12th of February 2014.

The articles include discussions of the mechanisms behind the 2013 Canadian Rockies flood, methods used to forecast them, and how forecasting should be carried out in the future.

They are available for download as follows;