Overview of Research Interests
There are currently 60 University of Saskatchewan faculty members associated directly with the Centre for Hydrology, and many more research associates and graduate students. Hydrologists are to be found in the following departments:
- Agriculture and Bioresources (soil-water relationships)
- Biology (aquatic ecology)
- Civil, Geological, and Environmental Engineering (soil hydrology, groundwater, modelling, hydraulics)
- Computer Science (modelling)
- Geography and Planning (GIS, remote sensing, rivers, hydrological processes, modelling)
- Geology (groundwater, geochemistry, isotopes)
- Soil Science (soil hydrology, water chemistry)
- School of Environment and Sustainability (aquatic ecosystems)
We additionally have very close links with Environment and Climate Change Canada's Water Science & Technology Directorate through the National Hydrology Research Centre, which is immediately adjacent to the campus, and at which a number of faculty members are based. Other links also exist with the Saskatchewan Research Council and the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative.
The Centre for Hydrology contributes to the Global Institute for Water Security which coordinates a wide range of water studies and science on campus and to the NSERC CREATE training programme in Water Security. The Centre is a key contributor to the Global Water Futures Program which is the largest university-led water research program in the world.
Hydrology and Climate
Research on global water and energy cycling, hydrometeorology, hydrology in climate and weather models, hydrological modelling, climate change impacts on water resources.
Snow Processes and Cold Regions Hydrometeorology
Research on cold regions hydrometeorology covers the complex interactions between atmospheric, cryospheric and hydrologic domains, and their effect on both streamflow and meteorology.
Water Resources of Western and Northern Canada
Research on the water resources of the major river basins of western and n01thern Canada, water management, drought, flooding, wetlands, groundwater, irrigation, cumulative effects assessment, soil water relationships, plant-water relationships, forest hydrology.
Hydroecology and Water Quality
Research on drinking water supplies, aquatic ecology, agricultural water quality, water pathways, pollutant effects on aquatic ecosystem health, development of software tools to relate changes in water quality and quantity to human development.
Effects of the Mining Sector on Water Resources
Research on mine reclamation with respect to water quality and quantity on uranium mines, oilsands, potash mines, pipelines, northern development. Research on the effects of the discharges of mine effluents on aquatic biota and water quality.
Global Water Futures
Global Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change has an overarching goal to deliver risk management solutions - informed by leading-edge water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools - to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment. GWF goals include i) delivering new capacity for disaster warning, ii) diagnosing and predicting water futures and iii) developing new models , tools and approaches to managing water-related risks to multiple sectors.