Registration Closed for 2021

Please note: Due to concerns related to Covid-19, this course will be offered intensively online over Jan 11-22 during the Winter term (January- April, 2021). There will be no logistics fee this year. In subsequent years, the course will return to its typical offering as an intensive field school at the Barrier Lake Field Station and will include logistics fees.

Course Objectives

This course aims to describe and explain:

  • The physical principles and processes that govern hydrology, with special reference to Canadian conditions.
  • Mass and energy balance calculations and their application in hydrology.

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the principal hydrological processes active in Canadian contexts
  • Assess the effects of variable boundary conditions on hydrology
  • Apply coupled energy and mass balance equations to calculate hydrological fluxes including runoff and streamflow.

Course Synopsis

The University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology with the assistance of the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) is offering an intensive course on the physical principles of hydrology with particular relevance to Canadian and cold regions conditions. Factors governing hydrological processes in Canadian landscapes will be discussed including precipitation, interception, energy balance, snow accumulation, snowmelt, glaciers, evaporation, evapotranspiration, infiltration, groundwater movement and streamflow routing and hydraulics. These processes will be framed within the context of distinctly Canadian landscape features such as high mountains, glaciers, peatlands, prairies, agricultural fields, tundra, boreal forests, frozen rivers and seasonally frozen ground. Students will be exposed to an overview of each subject, with recent scientific findings and new cutting edge theories, tools and techniques. They will complete numerical and essay assignments to develop skills in problem solving and in synthesizing complex hydrological concepts. Students will emerge from the course with a deeper understanding of physical hydrological processes and how they interact to produce catchment water budgets and streamflow response.

The course is intended for hydrology and water resources graduate students and early to midlevel career water resource engineers, hydrologists, aquatic ecologists and technologists who are either working directly in hydrology and water resources or are looking to broaden their understanding of hydrological systems and processes. This physical science course is quantitative in nature and so a firm foundation in basic calculus and physics at the first year university level and some undergraduate hydrology or hydraulics training is strongly recommended.

The 3 credit unit course will be delivered online M-F for two weeks starting Jan 11th. Each morning will have two 90 min. lecture sessions (0830-1000h, 1030-1200h MST). Each afternoon will have supplementary lecture material, introduction of assignments and an interactive Q & A session with the instructor of the morning’s lecture (1300-1500h). Lectures will be available as recordings and PDFs of slides after they are delivered. 

Important note: The University of Saskatchewan is an English speaking institution, and all lectures and materials will be offered in English. It is expected that all registrants will be proficient in written and spoken English.

The course has been featured in an issue of Water News. Click the issue cover below to view the feature and learn more about the course.

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Schedule

Date Subject Instructor
Jan 11th Fundamentals & Hydrological Cycle; 
Hydrometeorology & Precipitation
Dr John Pomeroy
Jan 12th

Interception & Evapotranspiration

-Essay Assignment & Assignment 1

Dr Richard Petrone

Dr John Pomeroy

Jan 13th

Snow Accumulation & Redistribution

Dr John Pomeroy
Jan 14th Snowmelt and Snowcover Depletion

Dr John Pomeroy

Jan 15th

Groundwater Hydrology

-Assignment 2

Dr Edwin Cey

Dr John Pomeroy

Jan 18th

Glacier Hydrology

-Assignment 3

Michael Demuth, P.Eng., P.Geo.

Dr. John Pomeroy

Jan 19th

Soil Hydrology

Dr Andrew Ireson

Jan 20th Hillslope and Catchment Hydrology

Dr Sean Carey

Jan 21st

River Basin Hydrology and Streamflow Hydrographs

-Assignment 4

Dr Kevin Shook

Dr John Pomeroy

Jan 22nd

Hydraulics, Routing and River Ice

Hydrometry

Synthesis

-Assignment 5

Dr Tricia Stadnyk

Dr Alain Pietroniro

Dr John Pomeroy

The closed book final examination (2 hour) will be given electronically one month after the last day of the course. Exercises and literature review are due two months after they are assigned and are submitted electronically to Dr. Pomeroy.

NOTE: you must work independently and originally in all assignments and examinations, cite appropriately in submitted essay material and follow the University of Saskatchewan Academic Misconduct Rules.

Evaluation

Details on marking and evalulation will be posted prior to the course.

Non-credit (audit) students must complete the quantitative exercises and attend all lectures. Those taking the course for university credit must complete all assignments, the literature review and the final examination.

All students are required to enroll in Geography 827 at the University of Saskatchewan in either an audit or credit capacity. Options are available to switch between these for some time after the course. See below for more details.

All students attending will receive a certificate from CSHS recognizing their participation in the course. Those that attend and complete the assignments will receive a certificate from CSHS stating they have completed the course. All others will receive a certificate from CSHS stating that they attended the course.

Course Texts and Readings

Students are highly encouraged to purchase the following two texts for use at the course.

Physical Hydrology, 3rd Edition, S.L. Dingman, 2014:
Waveland Press, Long Grove, IL, ISBN 978-1-47861-118-9
(Available from local bookstores, directly from the publisher: https://www.waveland.com/browse.php?t=382 and in a digital format from Amazon Kindle and VitalSource)

The Surface Climates of Canada, W.G. Bailey, T.R. Oke and W.R. Rouse, 1998:
Montreal: McGill-Queen's Univ Press
(Available on Amazon)

Handouts and readings will be distributed electronically via PAWS (University of Saskatchewan student web services).

Registration

All students are encouraged to join or be a member of the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (https://cwra.org/en/membership/individual). This is a requirement in order to obtain a certificate of attendance to completion from CSHS.

Registration With the USask, and Payment of Tuition Fees

All participants must apply for admission as a graduate student with the University of Saskatchewan if they are not already a graduate student at the U of S or another Canadian institution.

Current USask Students

  • Students request permission to register in the course, GEOG 827, by emailing Dr. John Pomeroy (john.pomeroy@usask.ca) and outlining how they meet the course prerequisites listed in the course synopsis.
  • Students should then contact the department of Geography and Planning (geography.planning@usask.ca) and provide their student number so that a permission to register can be entered.
  • After getting email confirmation from the department, students taking the course for credit can register themselves on PAWS. Students wishing to audit the course can contact Student Central at askus@usask.ca using their PAWS email account and request to be registered as an audit student in the course.

 

Current Graduate Students in Canada

  • Students request permission to register in the course by emailing Dr. John Pomeroy (john.pomeroy@usask.ca) and outlining how they meet the course prerequisites listed in the course synopsis
  • Students submit either a Canadian Universities Graduate Transfer Agreement (CUGTA) form or a Western Dean's Agreement (WDA) form, depending on the home institution.
    (Please note that each University has their own version of the CUGTA form, so students using this form should obtain it from their home institution.)
  • Students will have their home institution sign the form and send it to the department of Geography and Planning (geography.planning@usask.ca) at the University of Saskatchewan. They will be automatically registered in the course, but must pay student fees and tuition directly to the University of Saskatchewan.

 

Students outside of Canada or Professionals

  • Apply for admissions here (application type- non-degree)
    Note: Students and professionals have to pay the application fee, but DO NOT submit transcripts, or submit proof of English equivalency and should ignore these requests if prompted automatically by the form.
  • Request permission to register in the course by emailing Dr. John Pomeroy (john.pomeroy@usask.ca) and outlining how they meet the course prerequisites listed in the course synopsis
  • International students and professionals MUST submit a letter of support from their home institution or employer on official letterhead, listing the course, the term it will be taken, and the dates that the course will be held.  This letter should be submitted to grad.studies@usask.ca 
  • Once an application has been received by Graduate Studies, students will be given access to a University of Saskatchewan PAWS account and can monitor their application status on PAWs.  Upon receiving a letter of admission on their PAWs email address, students should then notify the department of Geography and Planning (geography.planning@usask.ca) that they have been admitted and provide their student number so that a permission to register can be entered.
  • After getting email confirmation from the department, students taking the course for credit can register themselves and pay their tuition on PAWS.  Students wishing to audit the course can contact Student Central at askus@usask.ca using their PAWS email account and request to be registered as an audit student in the course.  Tuition will still be paid on PAWs.  

Tuition

Tuition and fees are payable by all participants, but vary depending on citizenship and whether a student is taking the course for credit or as an audit student.

Tuition and Fees for Canadian Students
Credit- $737.70 CAD   
Audit- $393.45 CAD

Tuition and Fees for non-Canadian Students
Credit- $1137.03 CAD   
Audit- $593.12 CAD

If you would like to request transfer of credit to your home institution, please order your transcript for the course directly through your PAWS account or this link.

Withdrawal from Course, or Switching from Credit to Audit
If while taking the course or after completion, you decide to withdraw or switch from credit to audit, please contact U of S Student Central (askus@usask.ca, or phone 1-877-650-1212) for details. If you do so by 10th February 2021, you will receive a 50% reduction in the tuition fee. It is still possible to switch from credit to audit until 26th March 2021, but there will be no reduction in the tuition fee.

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