Congratulations to Caroline Aubry-Wake who won a Cryosphere Student Innovation Award from the American Geophysical Union at its Fall Meeting in Washington DC last week. The $1000 USD prize was for her proposal of an innovative method to determine debris cover thickness on glaciers. Great work Caroline!
At a ceremony last month, the University of Saskatchewan and Natural Resources Canada signed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the country’s commitment to manage its freshwater resources.
U of S Professor John Pomeroy is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, Director of the Centre for Hydrology at the U of S, and the Director of the USask-led Global Water Futures Program, which is the world’s largest university-led freshwater research program.
Centre for Hydrology Senior Research Fellow Paul Whitfield has published a paper in Water Resources Research that shows precipitation is the dominant control on total annual streamflow and on the duration and severity of low flows in mountain rivers. However, mountain low flows are up to 2 times more sensitive than annual streamflow to temperature fluctuations and are very sensitive to winter temperatures above 0 °C as these conditions result in low snowpacks. Climate warming in these mountain catchments may cause more intense and longer low flow periods.