Centre for Hydrology

Coldwater Laboratory

The Coldwater Laboratory in Canmore consists of 23 water and climate researchers who have gathered in Canmore from around to world to develop solutions to freshwater problems and to help reduce the risk of these problems in a time of climate change. The “Lab” is both an office building where researchers analyse large datasets, run computer models to simulate streamflow generation, snowmelt and glacier retreat and the hub of a large mountain hydrology and climate observation program that is focused on the Bow River Basin. The Coldwater Lab is led by Professors John Pomeroy and Martyn Clark.




GOES Remote Weather Stations
Our GOES Stations are all located in Banff National Park in the relatively wetter and colder Upper Bow River sub-basin with the exception of Burstall Pass which is in Kananaskis Country. The Upper Bow stations are situated at altitudes ranging from 1966 m to 2545 m of elevation. The Burstall Pass Station is at 2243 m of elevation. 
Marmot Creek Stations
Marmot Creek, a tributary to the Kananaskis and Bow river systems, runs through a classic headwater catchment in the Rocky Mountain front ranges, at elevations between 1450 and 2886m above sea-level. The basin, which is approximately 10km² in area, encompasses high alpine, sub-alpine and montane terrain, ranging from bare rock and talus, through tundra and sub-alpine to dense forest. It receives more than 600mm of precipitation annually, 70% of which falls as snow, with 50% runoff.
Fortress Mountain Stations
The Fortress Mountain Stations are located in sub-basin to the Kananaskis and Bow river systems. The basin encompasses high alpine, sub-alpine and montane terrain. The stations are are situated at altitudes ranging from 2099 m to 2565 m of elevation.