Sean Carey
Sean Carey
General Science Building, Rm 238
(905) 525-9140 ext. 20134
(905) 546-0463

Dr. Carey directs the Watershed Hydrology Group and his research interests include hydrological, biogeochemical and land surface processes in natural and human impacted environments.

The group Dr. Carey uses field, laboratory and modelling approaches to understand how hydrological processes interact and influence ecosystem, biogeochemical and catchment processes across scales. Dr. Carey has a particular interest in cold environments and has been working in Yukon Territory for over 20 years. In addition, the influence of landscape disturbance on catchment processes has been an area of focus as the group seeks to help both industry and regulators understand and mitigate large scale disturbance in northern regions.

Dr. Carey serves on the Global Water Futures Strategic Management Committee and is the Principal Investigator fo the Mountain Water Futures program. 

Hydrology; Biogeochemistry; Land Surface Processes in Natural and Human Impacted Environments

  • Envir Sc 2W03 (Course Outline): Physical Hydrology, (Term Two) 2018-19
  • Envir Sc 3RD3 ( Course Outline): Research Design and Dissemination in Earth and Environmental Sciences, (Term One) 2018-19
  • Earth Sci 718:Advanced Hydrology, (Term Two) 2018-19

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Bense VF, Kurylyk B*, van Daal J, van der Ploeg MJ, Carey SK. 2017. Interpreting repeated temperature-depth profiles for groundwater flow. Water Resources Research. doi: 10.1002/2017WR021496

Villeneuve SA, Barbour SL, Hendry MJ, Carey SK. 2017. Estimates of water and solute release from a coal waste rock dump in the Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Science of the Total Environment, 601-602, 543-555. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.040.

Dompierre KA*, Barbour SL, North RL, Carey SK, Lindsay MBJ. 2017. Chemical mass transport between fluid fine tailings and the overlying water cover of an oil sands end pit lake. Water Resources Research. doi: 10.1002/2016WR020112. .

Strilesky SL*, Humphreys ER, Carey SK. 2017. Forest water use in the initial stages of reclamation in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.11220.

​Laudon H, Spence C, Buttle J, Carey SK, McDonnell JJ, McNamara JP, Soulsby C, Tetzlaff D. 2017. Saving northern high-latitude catchments. Nature Geoscience, 10, 324-325. doi: 10.1038/ngeo2947.

Kurylyk B*, Irvine DJ, Carey SK, Briggs MA, Werkema D, Bonham M. 2017. Heat as a groundwater tracer in shallow and deep porous media: analytical solution, spreadsheet tool, and field applications. Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp 11216. .

Tang W*, Carey SK. 2017. HydRun: A MATLAB toolbox for rainfall-runoff analysis. Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.11185. .

Tetzlaff D, Carey SK, McNamara JP, Laudon H, Soulsby C. 2017. The essential value of long-term experimental data for hydrology and water management. Water Resources Research, 53, doi: 10.1002/2017WR020838.

Ketcheson SJ*, Price JS, Carey SK, Petrone RM, Mendoza CA, Devito KJ. 2016. Constructing fen peatlands in post-mining oil sands landscapes: Challenges and opportunities from a hydrological perspective. Earth-Science Reviews, 161: 103-139.

Nicholls EM*, Carey SK, Humphreys ER, Clark MG*, Drewitt GB. 2016. Multi-year water balance assessment of a newly constructed wetland, Fort McMurray, Alberta. Hydrological Processes, 30: 2739-2753. doi: 10.1002/hyp.10881

Steeve JT*, Barbour SL, Ferguson G, Carey SK. 2016. Heat transfer within frozen slopes in subarctic Yukon, Canada. Environmental Geotechnics. doi: 10.1680/jenge.15.00058.

DeBeer CM, Wheater HS, Carey SK, Chun KP. 2016. Recent climatic, cryospheric, and hydrological changes over the interior of western Canada: a review and synthesis. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20, 1573-1598.

Oswald CJ, Carey SK. 2016. Total and methyl mercury concentrations in sediment and water of a constructed wetland in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. Environmental Pollution, 213, 629-637.

Abbot BW and 99 others. 2016. Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: an expert assessment. Environmental Research Letters, 11, 03014, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034014.

Barbour SL, Hendry MJ, Carey SK. 2016. High-resolution profiling of the stable isotopes of water in unsaturated coal waste rock. Journal of Hydrology, 534, 616-629. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.01.053

Wellen C*, Shatilla NJ*, Carey SK.2015. Regional scale selenium loading associated with surface coal mining, Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada.Science of the Total Environment, 531, 791-802. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.040.

Williams TJ, Pomeroy JW, Janowicz JR, Carey SK, Rasouli K*, Quinton WL2015. A radiative-conductive-convective approach to calculate thaw seasonground surface temperatures for modelling frost table dynamics. HydrologicalProcesses. doi: 10.1002/hyp.10573.

Lessels JS*, Tetzlaff D, Carey SK, Smith P, Soulsby C. 2015. A coupledhydrology-biogeochemistry model to simulate dissolved organic carbon exportsfrom a permafrost influenced catchment. Hydrological Processes. doi:10.1002/hyp.10566. 

Ali G, Tetzlaff D, McDonnell JJ, Soulsby C, Carey SK, Laudon H, McGuireK, Buttle J, Seibert J, Shanley J. 2015. Comparison of threshold hydrologic response across northern catchments. Hydrological Processes. doi:10.1002/hyp.10527

Tetzlaff D, Buttle J, Carey SK, van Huljgevoort HJ*, Laudon H, McNamara J, Mitchell CPJ, Spence C, Gabor RS*, Soulsby C. 2015. A preliminary assessment of water partitioning and ecohydrological coupling in northern headwaters using stable isotopes and conceptual runoff models. Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.10515

Huang M*, Barbour SL, Carey SK.2015. The impact of reclamation coverdepth on the performance of reclaimed shale overburden at an oil sands minein Northern Alberta, Canada, Hydrol. Process., doi: 10.1002/hyp.10229

Tetzlaff D, Buttle J, Carey SK, McGuire K, Laudon H, Soulsby C. 2014.Tracer-based assessment of flow paths, storage and runoff generation in northern catchments. Hydroogical. Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.10412.

Debeer CM, Wheater HS, Quinton WL, Carey SK, Stewart RE, Mackay MD, Marsh P. 2014. The changing cold regions network: Observation, diagnosis and prediction of environmental change in the Saskatchewan and Mackenzie River Basins, Canada. Science China Earth Sciences, 1-15.

Faubert J-P*, Carey SK.2014. Growing season water balance of wetland reclamation test cells, Fort McMurray, Alberta. Hydrological Processes. 28: 4363-4376. doi: 10.1002/hyp.10240.

Rasouli K*, Pomeroy JW, Janowicz JR, Carey SK, Williams TJ. 2014. Hydrological sensitivity of a northern mountain basin to climate change. Hydrological Processes. 28: 4191-4208. doi: 10.1002/hyp.10244

Ali G, Tetzlaff D, Kuitbos L*, Soulsby C, Carey SK, McDonnell J, Buttle J, Laudon H, Seibert J, McGuire K, Shanley J. 2014. Analysis of hydrological seasonality across northern catchments using monthly precipitation-runoff polygon metrics. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 59: 56-72 , doi: 10.1080/02626667.2013.822639

Carey SK, Tetzlaff D, Buttle J, Laudon H, McDonnell J, McGuire K, Seibert J, Soulsby C, Shanley J. 2013. Use of color maps and wavelet coherence to discern seasonal and inter annual climate influences on streamflow variability in northern catchments. Water Resources Research,

Zanatta RC*, Carey SK, Richardson M. 2013. The influence of hyporheic exchange on reach-scale water budgets in a Precambrian Shield catchment, Quebec, Canada. Hydrological Processes, 27, 1890-1900. Doi: 10.1002/hyp9873.

Tetzlaff D, Soulsby C, Buttle R, Capell R*, Carey SK, Laudon H, McDonnell JJ, McGuire K, Seibert J, Shanlty J. 2013. Catchments on the cusp: Structural and functional change in northern ecohydrology. Hydrological Processes, 5, 766-774, doi: 10.1002/hyp.9700

Laudon H, Tetzlaff D, Soulsby C, Carey SK, Seibert J, Buttle J,Shanley J, McDonnell JJ, McGuire K. 2013. Change in winter climate will affect dissolved organic carbon and water flux in mid-to-high latitude catchments. Hydrological Processes, 27, 700-709 doi: 10.1002/hyp.9686

Carey SK, Boucher JL*, Duarte CM*. 2013. Inferring groundwater contributions and pathways to streamflow during snowmelt over multiple years in a discontinuous permafrost environment (Yukon Canada). Hydrogeology Journal, 21, 67-77, doi: 10.1007/s10040-012-0920-9

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