CH Alumni in Canoe Odyssey Film

In 2011, CH students (now alumni) Ross Phillips and Nathalie Brunet were members of a team who crossed Canada by bike, foot and (mainly) canoe. Their story is told on the expedition’s website, and now also in a film chronicling their journey: this film will be shown on Saturday 24th January 2015, at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon (715 Broadway Avenue: doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30: Tickets are $5 at the door).

The event’s description follows…

In A Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey join four women, two men, and three canoes as they canoe from the Pacific Ocean, across Canada, to the Atlantic Ocean. The film follows crew members through laughter, illness, frustration, and perseverance as they paddle and portage 7,600 kilometers beneath mountain peaks, across the Great Plains, and through vast expanses of boreal forest.

The trip begins in Vancouver at the mouth of the Fraser River. Through British Columbia’s mountain ranges the crew paddled along mountain lakes andcycled, hiked, and snowshoed through mountain passes with canoes overhead or in tow. The expedition crossed the Rocky Mountain continental divide via the historic Howse Pass. Once over the divide the crew descended into the North Saskatchewan River and across the Great Plains. Throughout the summer months, the Odyssey proceeded east amid record flooding in Manitoba, through small Canadian Shield sheltered lakes separated by countless portages, and past the cliffs and islands the Great Lakes. With the onset of fall, the crew rode the tides of the St. Lawrence, portaged into the St. John River basin, and coasted to the Bay of Fundy.

They overcome gruelling portages, clouds of mosquitoes, food shortages, persistent wind and waves, freighter traffic, poison ivy, and having six independent people being interdependent, continuously for six months. They are quick to delight in the beauty of the scenery surrounding them and the simplicity of travelling with everything needed in their boats for survival and creating a home at every campsite.

The Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey was born out of a love of fresh water and fueled by a lust for adventure. As the Royal Canadian Geographic Society’s 2011 Expedition of the Year, the Odyssey strove to advocate for the importance of freshwater to Canada and partnered with organizations that are working hard to benefit Canadian waterways: the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Canadian Heritage Rivers System.

Experience a fresh view of Canada from the water, an absolutely important aspect of the Canadian environment, heritage and cultural identity.

AGU Press Conference Focuses on CH Snowmelt Research

One of twenty press conferences at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU – 15-19 December in San Francisco, California) focused on CH snowmelt research.

  • MSc student Stacey Dumanski is studying increased spring and early summer flooding in the prairies due to changing climate and wetland drainage.
  • Dr Danny Marks is a CCRN collaborator studying rain-on-snow melt in the US Pacific NW.
  • Prof. John Pomeroy’s presentation discussed the June 2013 rain-on-snow event which contributed to flood generation in the headwaters of the Saskatchewan River Basin in the Canadian Rockies. It was also covered in an article by the Calgary Herald, available in its original form here, and as a PDF here.

The conference is available for online streaming here.

Research Seminar – Wednesday 10th December

A select group of Centre for Hydrology graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be presenting previews of their thesis proposals, research findings, and forthcoming AGU talks at a special CH seminar. The full order of battle is available here.

The seminar will be held in 146 Kirk Hall on Wednesday 10th December in Kirk Hall from 10am-12:30pm (Saskatchewan time).

All invited, feel free to pass on to colleagues that may be interested.

Prairie Hydrological Modelling Webinar, Monday November 17th

Prof. John Pomeroy will be giving a webinar on The Impact of Wetland Drainage on the Hydrology of a Northern Prairie Watershed to the Association of State Wetland Managers on Monday November 17th at 2 pm Saskatchewan time (1 pm Mountain time).

The talk will detail CH research at Smith Creek, with respect to the hydrological implications of its changing climate and the implications of wetland drainage, as investigated through hydrological model simulations.

If you would like to know more about this research, the webinar will be available at this link.  Thanks are due to co-authors Stacey Dumanski, Logan Fang, Kevin Shook, Cherie Westbrook and Xulin Guo.

Abstract: The Prairie Hydrological Model simulates blowing snow redistribution, snowmelt, infiltration to frozen soils and the fill and spill of networks of prairie wetlands.  The model was used to simulate the hydrology of Smith Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada with various wetland extent scenarios.  This model simulation exercise shows that prairie wetland drainage can increase annual and peak daily flows substantially, and that notable increases to estimates of the annual volume and peak daily flow of the flood of record have derived from wetland drainage to date and will proceed with further wetland drainage.

Pomeroy to Lecture on 2013 Floods at U of C

Professor John Pomeroy has been invited to make a presentation titled The Mountain Hydrology behind the Alberta Flood of 2013 as part of the University of Calgary’s Energy and Environmental Systems Specialization Seminar Series.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 3pm on Monday 6th October in EEEL 210 (Energy. Environment. Experiential Learning, 750 Campus Drive).

Saskatoon Conference on Long Term Threats to the Saskatchewan River Basin

The Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin and the Canadian Water Resources Association (Saskatchewan Branch) will be holding their conference at the Delta Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon from October 27-29, 2014.

The theme for the conference will be Long-Term Threats to the Saskatchewan River Basin.

More information is available in a PDF, on the conference web-site at, or contact PFSRB at

CH Principles of Hydrology Short Course, 2015

Registration is now open for the CH / CSHS Short Course in The Principles of Hydrology, which will run from 10-21 January, 2015 at the Barrier Lake Field Station, Kananaskis Valley, Alberta.

The course aims to describe and explain the physical principles and processes that govern hydrology, with special reference to Canadian conditions. It is aimed at hydrology and water resources graduate students and early to mid-level professionals who would like to broaden their understanding of hydrological systems and processes.

Full details of content and the registration process are available here.

2013 Alberta Floods Panel in Banff

The 2013 Flood: What Happened, Why It Happened, and What We Might Expect

Thursday, May 1, 7 to 9 PM: Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta
Admission by Donation

Join the Centre for Hydrology’s Professor John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources & Climate Change at the University of Saskatchewan; Paul Whitfield, Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Hydrology; and Bob Sandford, Chair of United Nations Water for Life Decade partnership in Canada, as they discuss the events of the 2013 flood, what we learned from it and how we can move forward.

Talk and Panel on Colorado Flood, Canmore, 12 Feb

The Town of Canmore, Changing Cold Regions Research Network and
Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan are sponsoring a presentation by one of the world’s leading experts on extreme
weather and hydrology.

Dr Roy Rasmussen, a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, will present on
The Colorado Flood of September 2013: Lessons for Alberta

The talk will take place at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at the
Canmore Collegiate High School Theatre

An expert panel discussion will follow. Panellists include
– Dr Howard Wheater, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security, University of Saskatchewan
– Dr Ronald Stewart, Professor, University of Manitoba;
– Dr Al Pietroniro, Director, Water Survey of Canada
– Dr John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, University of Saskatchewan
– Dr Kevin Shook, Research Scientist, University of Saskatchewan

The event poster is available for download here.