Training & Education

There is a strong tradition of interdisciplinary graduate training and collaboration in graduate hydrology research programs on campus, and more than a dozen classes in hydrology are typically offered each year from eight different departments in the colleges of Arts & Science, Agriculture and Engineering. A full list of courses offered at the University of Saskatchewan is available here.

The following classes are currently offered by the Centre for Hydrology through the Geography and Planning Department (as of Fall 2015):

GEOG 225
Term 1
Prof. Dirk de Boer
Dr Colin Whitfield

Hydrology of Canada
This course outlines the geographic distribution of hydrologic processes in Canada, and relates types of processes and their rates of operation to regional physical environments.

GEOG 323
Term 1
Prof. Xulin Guo

Remote Sensing
Advanced lectures, seminars and laboratories for those specializing in resource and environmental studies. It includes inductive and deductive evaluation of air photo patterns and the interpretation of multi-spectral imagery and remote sensing imagery.

GEOG 398 / ENVS826
Term 1
Dr Yanping Li

Climate Change
This course will help the student develop a fundamental understanding of the climate system, the potential environmental and social consequences of climate change. Students will also gain a broad knowledge including the policy of climate change, climate change impacts in the water cycle, arctic hydrology and how it is related to sea level rising.

GEOG 427
Term 1
Dr Nicholas Kinar

Advanced Hydrology
Factors governing hydrological processes in Northern environments are discussed, including precipitation, interception, snow accumulation, snowmelt, evaporation, infiltration, groundwater movement and streamflow with a special emphasis on the land-based hydrological cycle in western and northern Canada.

GEOG 803
Term 1
Dr Cherie Westbrook
Dr Paul Hackett

Research in Geography
The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to theoretical and practical issues in geographical research. Its specific objective is to demonstrate and promote professional practices in geography culminating in a research plan that will serve as the basis for developing a graduate research proposal.

GEOG 233
Term 2
Dr Yanping Li

Introduction to Weather and Climate
An examination of the elements of weather and climate including the composition and thermal structure of the atmosphere; radiation and energy balances; global circulation; air masses; fronts and atmospheric disturbances; and climates of the world.

GEOG 325
Term 2
Prof. Dirk de Boer
Dr Colin Whitfield

Principles of Fluvial Systems
Processes responsible for the spatial variability of available water resources are introduced and investigated analytically. Topics covered will provide an explanation of the pattern of precipitation, evaporation, infiltration, snowmelt and stream flow.

GEOG 328
Term 2
Prof. Dirk de Boer

Groundwater Hydrology
Groundwater is the largest source of readily accessible freshwater. This course provides a rigorous understanding of subsurface hydrological processes and covers fundamentals of subsurface flow and transport, emphasizing the role of groundwater and soil water in the hydrological cycle, and groundwater-surface water interactions.

GEOG 827
Term 2
Prof. John Pomeroy

Principles of Hydrology
This course aims to:
a) describe and explain the physical principles and processes that govern hydrology with special reference to Canadian conditions,
b) describe and explain mass and energy balance calculations and their application in hydrology.
Lectures are held in an intensive 10 day period at the Biogeoscience Institute, Barrier Lake Field Station, Kananaskis Valley, Alberta.
The course is described in full here. More information on the course which ran in January 2015 is available here and here.

ENVS 805
Term 2
Dr Andrew Ireson
Dr Graham Strickert

Data Analysis and Management
Environmental data management is complex because of its volume, qualitative and quantitative forms, and temporal and spatial characteristics. This course introduces students to statistical, qualitative, and visual methods of problem solving and data reduction and representation and describes methods for managing large and complex data sets.

ENVS 812
Term 2
Dr Yanping Li

Statistical Methods in Environment and Sustainability
This course is designed for graduate students in environmental sciences to learn statistical data analysis and gain experience in applying common approaches to experimental problems, understand sequential process of model building, develop ability to understand and synthesize desired information from data analysis.

ENVS 813
Term 2
Dr Andrew Ireson

Numerical Modelling for Environment Scientists and Engineers
This course provides graduate students with a set of modelling skills to solve a range of water-related environmental problems. The models help us to think through physical processes and interpret observations. Students will learn to critically assess modelling studies as will be needed throughout their careers.

ENVS 821
Term 2
Dr Helen Baulch

Sustainable Water Resources
This course will explore issues related to water resource sustainability from physical, chemical, biological, socio-economic and technological perspectives. Current threats to water resources in terms of water availability, water quality, and ecosystem services will be examined, and evolving methods to manage water resources more sustainably will be discussed.

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