Please note: Due to concerns related to Covid-19, this course will be offered intensively online on Tuesday and Thursday from Oct 5, 2021 to Nov 4, 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 and cold regions 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 and cold regions 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 principles governing hydrological processes in Canadian and other cold regions river basins will be discussed including precipitation, interception, energy balance, snow accumulation, snowmelt, glaciers, evaporation, evapotranspiration, infiltration, soil-water and groundwater movement, surface water storage, runoff generation, streamflow routing, river ice and hydraulics. These processes will be framed within the context of distinctly Canadian river basin features such as mountains, glaciers, peatlands, forests, prairies, agricultural fields, tundra, ponds, lakes, rivers, river ice and 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 river basin 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.

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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Contact Hours & Schedule

In 2021, the course will be delivered online Tuesday and Thursday for two weeks starting Oct 5th and finishing on Nov 4th.  All times listed are Mountain DaylightTime (MDT).  Each morning will have two 90 min. live online lecture sessions via Zoom (0830-1000h, 1030-1200h MDT).  Each afternoon will have further online lectures as required, introduction of assignments and an interactive Q & A session with the instructor of the morning’s lecture and Dr. Pomeroy (1300-1500h MDT) via Zoom.  Lectures will be available as recordings and PDFs of slides after they are delivered.  Dr. Pomeroy will be available during the course and afterwards by email.  Students should consult the course page on USask’s Canvas (via your USask PAWS account) for material, lectures, announcements, assignments and important details.

 

Date

Subject

Instructor

5 Oct   

Fundamentals & Hydrological Cycle; Hydrometeorology & Precipitation

Dr John Pomeroy

7 Oct   

Interception & Evapotranspiration

- Essay Assignment & Assignment 1

Dr Richard Petrone

Dr John Pomeroy

12 Oct

Groundwater Hydrology

- Assignment 2

Dr. Masaki Hayashi

Dr. John Pomeroy

14 Oct

Snow Accumulation, Sublimation and Redistribution

Dr. John Pomeroy

19 Oct 

Snowmelt and Snowcover Depletion

Dr John Pomeroy

21 Oct

           

Glacier Hydrology

- Assignment 3

Caroline Aubry-Wake

Dr. John Pomeroy

26 Oct 

Soil Hydrology

Dr. Andrew Ireson

28 Oct  

Hillslope and Catchment Hydrology

- Assignment 4

Dr Sean Carey


Dr. John Pomeroy

2 Nov 

River Basin Hydrology and Streamflow Hydrographs

Dr. Kevin Shook


4 Nov

Hydraulics, and River Ice

Hydrometry and Routing

 
Synthesis

-Assignment 5

Dr Tricia Stadnyk

Dr Alain Pietroniro


Dr John Pomeroy

 

 

Readings and Textbook

There is no formal textbook assigned for this course, but students are highly encouraged to obtain access to the following text for use in the course.

Physical Hydrology, 3rd Edition, S.L. Dingman, 2014:
Waveland Press, Long Grove, IL, ISBN 978-1-47861-118-9
(https://www.waveland.com/browse.php?t=382

Readings will be provided via Canvas.

Marking and Evaluation

Marks will be
-20% final exam, 0900-1100 Mountain Standard Time, 16 November
-30% literature review essay on a hydrological process selected in consultation with Dr. Pomeroy
-50% quantitative exercises that are due one month after they are assigned.
i)          micrometeorology and evapotranspiration; Assigned 7 Oct

ii) groundwater hydrology; Assigned 12 Oct

iii)        snow accumulation, glaciers and melt; Assigned 21 Oct

iv) soil and hillslope hydrology; Assigned 28 Oct

v) river basin hydrology and hydraulics. Assigned 4 Nov

 

NOTE: you must work independently and originally in all assignments and examinations, cite appropriately in submitted essay material and follow the University of Saskatchewan rules on Academic Misconduct https://governance.usask.ca/student-conduct-appeals/academic-misconduct.php#About.  A helpful page on academic integrity is here https://library.usask.ca/academic-integrity.php#Academicintegrity

 

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

Contact Information

Professor John Pomeroy   john.pomeroy@usask.ca

403 679 1425 (mobile phone)

or Joni Onclin 306 966 1427

Applying for Admission at USask

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.

All participants are encouraged to join or be a member of the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) (https://cwra.org/en/membership/individual). Once you complete the course, CSHS will provide a Certificate of Attendance.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Please note: You must complete all 5 steps below in order to apply for admission.

  • 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
  • Apply for admissions here, choose Graduate program, Non-degree and term.
    Note: International students and professionals will pay $90 CDN non-refundable application fee, but DO NOT submit transcripts, or submit proof of English equivalency and should ignore these requests if prompted automatically by the form.
  • 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 be paid on PAWS.  

Tuition

Tuition and student fees will vary depending on citizenship and whether a participant is taking the course for credit or audit.

Tuition and Fees for Canadian Participants
Credit- $772.25 CAD   
Audit- $410.75 CAD

Tuition and Fees for non-Canadian Participants
Credit- $1357.88 CAD   
Audit- $703.57 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. 

  • Last day to change from credit to audit with a 50% tuition refund: October 29, 2021
  • Last day to change from credit to audit: December 3, 2021

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