Cold Regions Hydrology
Improving our understanding of cold region hydrology forms the core of the Group’s mission. Funded primarily through the NSERC Discovery and Northern Supplement Program and the NSERC funded Changing Cold Regions Network, this work explores how Canada’s cold climate affects hydrological and hydrochemical processes in watersheds that are influenced by snow, ice and cold temperatures. In addition, improving our ability to understand, measure, parameterize and predict these processes is an ongoing challenge, and is a central focus of the research. The Group combines laboratory, fieldwork and numerical methods to explore scientific issues at at the forefront of cold region hydrology. We also collaborate with territorial governments on applied projects and internationally on intercomparison projects such as the European Research Council initiative VeWa: Vegetation effects on water flow in high-latitude ecosystems and the Plato Project funded by the Leverhulme trust (both with Dr. D. Tetzlaff as PI).