Research Facilities


Main Offices

The majority of the Centre for Hydrology's Saskatoon offices are located in the Canadian Centre for Water Forecasting and Prediction, at 101 - 121 Research Drive, in the Innovation Place science park, adjacent to the U of S campus in Saskatoon. Other facilities are also to be found in Kirk Hall, in the heart of the main campus. Canmore offices are located at the Coldwater Laboratory in the Canadian Rockies.

Some staff and students are additionally to be found at Environment Canada's National Hydrology Research Centre, immediately adjacent to the campus.

Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Hydrology-related activities also take place in labs and departments elsewhere on campus, providing facilities for research in aquatic ecology (Biology), soil hydrology, groundwater, modelling, and hydraulics (Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering), GIS, remote sensing, ecohydrology, sociohydrology (Geography and Planning), groundwater, geochemistry, and isotope analysis (Geology), catchment hydrology, soils, sociohydrology and water management, soil hydrology and chemistry (Soil Science), and aquatic contaminant chemistry (Toxicology). There is an excellent computing and information technology infrastructure, including access to the high-performance Compute Canada.

Field Sites and Facilities

The Centre for Hydrology manages the majority of its research relating to mountain hydrology at the Coldwater Laboratory in Canmore, Alberta. Additional facilities are available at the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis Country, which also provides accommodation for fieldwork in nearby research basins.

Field studies are conducted in a wide variety of settings and locations, in Canada and around the world. Principal research sites include BERMS, St. Denis, and Clavet in Saskatchewan, the Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory in Alberta, and Wolf Creek in the Yukon Territory.

To support its field studies, the Centre for Hydrology owns and operates a comprehensive inventory of instrumentation and equipment, including dataloggers, hygrothermometers, thermocouples (conventional and infrared), anemometers (cup, propellor and sonic), long-wave radiometers, solarimeters, rain and snow gauges, barometric pressure transducers, soil moisture meters, groundwater level recorders, stream gauges, UAVs, LIDAR, heavy-duty 4x4 trucks, ATVs and snowmobiles.