New CH Publication in Earth System Science Data Discussions

A meteorological and blowing snow dataset (2000–2016) from a high-altitude alpine site (Col du Lac Blanc, France, 2720 m a.s.l.)

Gilbert Guyomarc’h, Hervé Bellot, Vincent Vionnet, Florence Naaim Bouvet, Yannick Déliot, Firmin Fontaine, Philippe Puglièse, Mohamed Naaim, and Kouichi Nishimura

Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss., opened June 25, 2018

https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2018-74

Opportunity: Research Technician (Canadian Rocky Mountains)

The Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a Research Technician to support research projects primarily conducted in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This position is based at the U of S Coldwater Laboratory, Canmore, Alberta. This will be a full-time, term position for two years with a targeted start date of August 1, 2018. Starting salary is commensurate with abilities and experience.

For more details, please visit the job posting: https://usask.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=2813

Application reviews start on July 3rd.

Five years after the June 2013 Flood

It has been 5 years since the devastating flood of June 2013 that impacted communities across British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. It was one of the costliest natural disasters in Alberta’s history and cost billions in total damages. CH researchers talked to media about the flood event, what has been learned and the continued research efforts to understand the future frequency and severity of such events.

CH Remembers Ric Janowicz

From John Pomeroy:

Ric Janowicz was Senior Hydrologist for Yukon Environment, a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Hydrology, research collaborator with the Global Water Futures and the Changing Cold Regions Network research programs and hydrology graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, University of Alaska and UBC.  He had been phasing into retirement after a long career as the principal Hydrologist for Yukon since 1985.  Rick was the iconic Northern Hydrologist – he conducted northern water and climate research with a unique flair, making many discoveries and many dozens of publications, promoting research in the North through the establishment of Wolf Creek Research Basin in 1992 and by hosting many conferences in Yukon such as the Northern River Basins in 1991, IP3 in 2009, the Wolf Creek 5th and 25th Anniversary Workshops, and several River Ice Workshops.  In research, Ric was not bothered about severe weather or adversity, he would be visiting field stations, stream gauging or snow surveying at very remote locations in weather conditions that most scientists would not be able to cope with.  He also knew how to get back safely at the end of the day.  He cut through impediments to research that could be logistical, administrative or other and simply got things done as he thought they should.  Ric was particularly well known for his famous hospitality to any scientist who wished to conduct research in the Yukon.  He would welcome them to Whitehorse, invite them to his house for gourmet supper, tell them about local races, skiing and music opportunities, and possibly an evening around the fire, take them up into remote mountain locations that required expert local knowledge and direct them towards research topics that were important to understanding, conserving, protecting and predicting Yukon’s water resources. Rick promoted and contributed to the development of hydrological models suited for the North and for cold regions hydrology so as to better assess and predict the water resources of the North.  He also communicated science results to the public very effectively, often in an urgent flood forecast.  He designed the dyke that protects Dawson City and advised much of the current road, industrial and community infrastructure in Yukon so that it is safer from flooding and climate change.  One of his legacies is the new Yukon flood forecasting system – developed at his insistence and with his guidance.  He was especially renowned for assessment of climate change impacts on hydrology, river ice breakup mechanics and for a remarkably successful record of predicting floods in Yukon.  The understanding of climate change impacts on Yukon’s water, snow and permafrost has had substantial contributions from his research and his early recognition of the massive threat that climate change posed to the North.  Rick was recently honoured by the Yukon Legislature http://www.legassembly.gov.yk.ca/hansard/34-legislature/42.pdf for his accomplishments in running Wolf Creek for a quarter century of science and his general contributions to Northern Hydrology.  His hundreds of colleagues from across Canada and around the world respected him greatly and will miss him.  They do not make hydrologists like Ric any more.  As for the future of cold regions hydrology?  It must carry on to honour his memory by taking the best advice from Ric himself – “there is no holding back now”.

A celebration of life is scheduled for June 21.

In the news:

Colleagues remember Yukon hydrologist Rick Janowicz – Yukon News

Yukon loses respected flood forecaster – Whitehorse Daily Star

CH PhD Student Awarded Engineers Canada Scholarship

Congratulations to CH PhD student Holly Annand who has been awarded the 2018 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex scholarship, which has a value of $7500, by Engineers Canada. This scholarship will be presented on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Ottawa, ON.

Holly’s research is focused on the changing prairie hydrology by modelling the influence of climate change and wetland drainage. She is studying under the supervision of Dr John Pomeroy and Dr. Howard Wheater, CERC Emeritus in Water Security.

Public Meeting: Saskatchewan’s Water Future

Join Dr. John Pomeroy for a free public meeting on Saskatchewan’s Water Future. Over the last century, the prairies have undergone unprecedented changes and the supply and security of water resources are predicted to become increasingly stressed in the future.

When: Wednesday, June 13th at 7 pm

Where: Gymnasium, Great Plains College – Swift Current Campus (129 2nd Avenue NE, Swift Current, SK S9H 4G3)

All are welcome to attend! For more information and to RSVP to the event, please visit the event webpage.

CH PhD Student Awarded CWRA Scholarship

Congratulations to CH PhD student Holly Annand who has been awarded the 2018 Memorial Scholarship, which has a value of $1500, by Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA).

Holly’s research is focused on the changing prairie hydrology by modelling the influence of climate change and wetland drainage. She is studying under the supervision of Dr John Pomeroy and Dr. Howard Wheater, CERC Emeritus in Water Security.

Freshwater Alliance Webinar – June 28

Freshwater Alliance is hosting a webinar with guest speaker Dr. John Pomeroy on June 28 at 12 pm PT/1 pm CST/3 pm ET.

Dr. Pomeroy will discuss how the multi-national research project, Global Water Futures (GWF), is working with hundreds of researchers to deliver risk management solutions—informed by leading-edge water science—to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment. In the webinar, Dr. Pomeroy will share highlights of the research to date, and opportunities for the freshwater community to collaborate with GWF researchers.

To RSVP for the event, please visit https://www.freshwateralliance.ca/global_water_futures.

GWF Inaugural Annual Science Meeting

Global Water Futures (GWF) is hosting the inaugural Annual Science Meeting from June 3-6, 2018 at McMaster University and Six Nations of the Grand River.

The primary purpose of the Global Water Futures inaugural Annual Science Meeting is to provide an opportunity for all GWF researchers and affiliated highly qualified personnel to gather and share their scientific findings and other relevant activities and outcomes with GWF community and users/stakeholders. Over 360 researchers, scientists, students, stakeholders, end-users and community members from across Canada and internationally are expected to attend.

For more information, please visit the GWF Inaugural Annual Science Meeting website.