More than 500 wildfires were still burning in B.C. in September, with the Yukon, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and parts of the Atlantic provinces all experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in history. Globally, wildfires in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Sweden and Australia are burning at an alarming rate.
Ash and soot from the western wildfires are coating the Athabasca Glacier in the Rocky Mountains. Credit: Greg Galloway
According to John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change and director of the University of Saskatchewan-led Global Water Futures Program (GWF), this is a horrific year for wildfires not only in Canada but around the world.
John Pomeroy has been named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his outstanding research efforts that have changed the field of hydrology. The Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada.
One of Canada’s leading experts on fresh water management says political leaders need to review laws and regulations that govern water use in the country.
John Pomeroy, the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change at the University of Saskatchewan, says federal and provincial water laws need to be updated to ensure that Canada is prepared for pressing water issues that will become more apparent as climate patterns continue to change.
The International Network for Alpine Research Catchment Hydrology (INARCH) is hosting their 4th Annual Workshop in Conjunction with the GEWEX Hydroclimate Panel and ANDEX workshop this October in Chile.
Some important dates include:
ANDEX: Mon – Wed, 22-24 Oct, Santiago
GHP: Wed – Fri, 24-26 Oct, Santiago
INARCH: Wed 24 (Santiago), Thu-Fri, 25-26 Oct (Portillo)
Wed 24 in the morning, joint meeting ANDEX/GHP/INARCH
Wed 24 in the afternoon: GHP runs parallel to ANDEX, INARCH travels to Portillo
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.