Events: Hydrology Seminars, June 13

We are pleased to announce two Hydrology Seminars on Thursday, July 13th by Professors Döerthe Tetzlaff and Chris Soulsby. The seminars will be held at the Coldwater Lab in Canmore and on Zoom.

Prof. Dörthe Tetzlaff – July 13 @ 10 am MDT/CST
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Döerthe Tetzlaff is Professor of Ecohydrology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Head of Department “Ecohydrology & Biogeochemistry” at IGB Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany. Prof. Tetzlaff’s presentation is entitled:  Ecohydrological fluxes and storage dynamics in a drought sensitive lowland catchment, Germany.

Prof. Chris Soulsby – July 13 @ 2 pm MDT/CST
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Chris Soulsby is Professor of Hydrology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Prof. Soulsby’s presentation is entitled: The last salmon? Impacts of climate change on the ecohydrology of mountain streams in the Cairngorm National Park, Scotland.

Banff records hottest May ever, Athabasca Glacier melts over winter

Banff records hottest May ever, Athabasca Glacier melts over winter
Cathy Ellis
Rocky Mountain Outlook
June 8, 2023

“It was the fastest snow melt I’ve ever seen…I’ve never seen anything like this,” said John Pomeroy, director of the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for Hydrology in Canmore and the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change.

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USask-led Global Water Futures marks the end of an era and looks to the future

USask-led Global Water Futures marks the end of an era and looks to the future
Mark Ferguson
Global Institute for Water Security and Global Water Futures
University of Saskatchewan
May 21, 2023

Hundreds of scientists and researchers from across Canada have gathered in Saskatoon for the finale of the world’s largest university freshwater research program, a seven-year initiative led by the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

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Event: Public Lecture with Professor John Pomeroy

Join us on Sunday, May 7th from 6:00 – 7:00pm for a public lecture with Professor John Pomeroy:

The Hydrology, Snow and Glaciers of the Canadian Rockies in an Era of Global Change

John Pomeroy, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan, Canmore, Alberta

The melt of snow and ice supplies freshwater for over half of humanity, and provides a vast proportion of the freshwater available for ecosystems, hydroelectricity, irrigation, industry, and communities in downstream regions.  This water supply is threatened by climate warming which is reducing snowfall and increasing the atmospheric energy available to melt snow and ice.  The Canadian Rockies are the hydrological apex of North America and the source of rivers flowing to three oceans.  Here, over 60% of river discharge is supplied by the melt of snow and ice, and climate warming is proceeding faster than in other parts of the world.  Climate variability is also increasing in these headwaters, and since the turn of the century some exceptionally low river flows and large floods have occurred. To understand these impacts, research by the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for Hydrology and partners from its base at the Coldwater Laboratory in Canmore, Alberta has focused on increasing our understanding of snow accumulation and melt processes in alpine and forested environments, glacier hydrology, and the role of soils, forests and wetlands in governing streamflow generation.  This understanding has been used to develop computer simulation models of current and future hydrology that can be used for forecasting snowcover, floods and droughts, for prediction of future streamflows and for diagnosing how hydrological, glacier and ecological change are interacting with climate change to produce new behaviours in mountain rivers.  These predictions can be used to develop water management solutions to some impacts of global change.  They also show that resilience of hydrological systems to change is evident, but there remains a substantial risk of crossing tipping points in the near future that may lead to large changes and greater uncertainty in future water supplies.

Sunday, May 7th
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Banff Park Lodge

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