The National Covers CH Floods Perspective

Centre for Hydrology Director Professor John Pomeroy, and the work of CH staff and students during and since the Alberta floods of June 2013, provided the main focus of an extended piece on CBC TV’s The National, on Friday 27th September: the segment is available in full here.

 

CH / CSHS Kananaskis short course, March 2014

The University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for Hydrology and the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences will again be offering their successful and popular intensive course on the physical principles of hydrology, with particular relevance to Canadian conditions.

The course will take place at the University of Calgary Biogeoscience Institute’s Barrier Lake Station in the Kananaskis Valley, Alberta, from March 1-12, 2014.

Full details are available here. Demand is perennially high, so we must operate a policy of ‘first come, first served’!

Alberta Floods – Continuing Media Contributions

Persisting media interest in the wake of this summer’s floods in Canmore, Calgary and much of Southern Alberta has resulted in more requests for CH Director Prof. John Pomeroy’s input.

On Monday 16th September he participated in CBC Radio One’s The World at Six, talking about the floods themselves, and the additional challenges which non-stationarity – as a result of climate change – introduces to flood prediction.

He has also contributed to two articles in the High River Times;
9 September: Hydrologist warns of disastrous rain-on-snow flooding
16 September: Canadian flood mitigation projects possible solutions

 

Article Highlights CH Marmot Creek Research

Former Banff National Park Superintendent, Kevin van Tighem, has written a comprehensive article on the need for source water protection in the headwaters of the Saskatchewan River Basin and published it in the July edition of Alberta Views magazine.
The article reviews the pressures on watershed management from various land uses and from climate change in the context of recent research results from the Centre for Hydrology’s Marmot Creek Research Basin. It then recommends scientifically guided forest management in the headwaters to provide for greater water security.
Van Tighem attended a Biogeoscience Institute led short-course on Mountain Headwaters and Climate Change in July 2012 that included a component on Marmot Creek.
Marmot Creek Research Basin has celebrated 50+ years since its founding this year and also has sustained substantial change and loss of measurement stations as a result of the June floods . Van Tighem’s article was written before the floods and is particularly prescient on the need to protect mountain watersheds from fluvial erosion.