USask BSc in Hydrology (4-yr and Honours) starting in 2020

The Department of Geography and Planning is pleased to announce the new BSc in Hydrology (4-yr and Honours) starting in 2020. This program will offer students excellent learning opportunities in the field of water science at the #1 Canadian university for water research!

This program will replace the existing Environmental Earth Science program offered by the Department. Students currently enrolled in the EES program may choose to switch to the Hydrology program or remain in their current program. All EES students should speak with an Academic Advisor before course registration to discuss their program and changing options.

Dry winter drops risk of flooding posed by snowpack melt to low levels

There’s less snow than usual to melt in the mountains this spring. That’s the message from hydrologist John Pomeroy, a Canmore-based water expert.

“It’s lower than the normal over most of the mountains,” Pomeroy said, in a Monday interview on the Calgary Eyeopener.

“That’s what we’re going to be seeing at this point: lower snowmelt contribution to streams.”

Pomeroy, the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, and the director of the Coldwater Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan, said the explanation for the diminished flows isn’t complicated.

Read more here.

$1M to develop climate change strategy helps quench thirst for long-term Prairie water management plan

A $1-million federal budget commitment to develop a strategy for land and water management in the Prairies is being welcomed by members of the agriculture and research sectors.

Last week’s federal budget included funding for Western Economic Diversification Canada to come up with a plan to address climate change threats.

Read as Centre for Hydrology and Global Water Futures program director welcomes the decision to develop a federal strategy here:

As Calgarians eye melting rivers, experts say there are no big signs of flood

It’s become a natural part of spring in Calgary.

As the temperature soars and the snow melts, many Calgarians will to cast their eyes to the Bow and Elbow rivers — watching for any sign of rising water levels.

Read more as Centre for Hydrology Director, John Pomeroy, describes the indications and precursors of flooding events.

Special Seminar with Dmitri Kavetski: Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 12 pm CST

The Global Institute for Water Security, Centre for Hydrology and Global Water Future’s is pleased to host a special seminar by Dmitri Kavetski, Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Civil, Environmental, Computer and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide. The presentation takes place on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 12:00 pm CST in the NHRC Seminar Room 1261. Dmitri’s presentation is entitled Advances and challenges in probabilistic hydrological modelling at the catchment scale.


Attached is a poster, please feel free to pass on this to others who think may be interested. For those of you who will not be in Saskatoon at this time, the lecture will be live streamed and viewable here –

UNU-INWEH Report on Canada in the Global Water World

The final version of Canada in the Global Water World: Analysis of Capabilities report has been recently released. The report examines the capacity of Canada’s water sector with respect to meeting and helping other countries meet the water-related targets of the UN’s global sustainable development agenda.

Co-authors of this report include Centre for Hydrology director John Pomeroy and members Robert Sandford and Chris DeBeer.

To read the report click here: Canada in the Global Water World_final

INARCH 4th Annual Workshop

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

For more information, visit

U of S Water Week – March 21-25

Water is life. And water security – both quality and supply – is one of the most critical issues facing the planet.
Join us during U of S Water Week to celebrate our new $30-million Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security, and hear how some top U of S researchers are helping to protect and manage this precious global resource, through a series of events.
More information is available here.