Earth’s high mountain areas are so significant in terms of climate change impacts that last fall the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
Around the world, high mountain areas are places that hold much of Earth’s cryosphere, as the frozen parts of the planet are known, including snow, glaciers, permafrost and lake ice and river ice.
These high mountain areas are also where widespread changes are taking place in response to the planet’s warming temperatures. Declining snowpacks and shifts in the amount and timing of snowmelt runoff are just some of the changes happening in these areas.
The effects aren’t limited to the mountains, but have impacts on physical, biological and human systems in the lowlands downstream.
That includes the Canadian Rockies, foothills and prairies.
Read the Canmore Rocky Mountain Article full here.
In recent years, the daily news has been flooded with stories of water woes from coast to coast to coast.
There are melting glaciers and ice sheets in northern and western Canada and lead in drinking water in the older neighbourhoods of many cities in Canada. We see toxic blue green algae threatening pets, livestock and drinking water as well as catastrophic floods, droughts and fires.
In 2018, parts of British Columbia experienced devastating floods, followed by wildfires a couple of months later.
Our water resources are under threat from contamination, land use, urbanization and climate change. If we’re not careful, it may not be clean enough or available when we need it.
Read the full The Conversation article here.
Centre for Hydrology student Dhiraj Pradhananga will defend his Ph.D. thesis Response of Canadian Rockies Glacier Hydrology to Changing Climate
- Date: Monday, January 6, 2020
- Time: 12:00 P.M.
- Place: University of Saskatchewan – Room 118 Thorvaldson Building
Everyone is invited to attend.
Dr. Martin Sharp, Earth and Atmospheric Professor at the University of Alberta will present a seminar on Hypersaline subglacial lakes beneath the Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut.
MADRID, SPAIN – At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain (COP25), University of Saskatchewan (USask) scientists are focusing attention on the world’s changing mountain snowpacks, glaciers, vegetation, and long-term effects that the thaw of snow and ice are having on the world’s freshwater and ocean water. Continue reading
GWF currently has several new employment opportunities to advance mechanistic model simulations of hydrological processes across Canada and the world. Current opportunities include the science coordinator for the Core Modelling Team, two research scientists, eight postdoctoral scholars, four PhD students, and one model improvement specialist.
At a stop on Oct. 22 during her ongoing trip across North America, climate activist Greta Thunberg met with University of Saskatchewan (USask) water scientist John Pomeroy at a USask field research site on the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper, Alberta.
Congratulations to Abbas Fayad on winning the Canadian Young Hydrological Society “Choice Award” for his tweets:
A Monolithic Shift from the Monolith:
Towards a Smallsat Constellation Configuration for Global Snow Mass Characterization
The Deborah J. Goodings Professor in Engineering for Global Sustainability
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland
Dhiraj Pradhanaga, Centre for Hydrology researcher, will be collaborating with Small Earth Nepal (SEN) in the coordination of three events in August 2019.