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

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 233
Term 1
Dr Krystopher Chutko

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 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 333
Term 2
Dr Kristopher Chutko

Global Climate Change
Earth’s climate is constantly changing in response to influences forced upon it by natural systems and human actions. It is expected that current and future climate changes will have a strong influence on human populations, society, and development. This course will describe how humans predict future climate changes and how we can mitigate or adapt to those changes. Major topics discussed in this course will focus on the politics and economics of climate change and how these can help, or hinder, our attempts to manage climate change. More direct attempts, through geoengineering and weather modification, will be addressed as well.

GEOG 427
Term 1
Dr Nicholas Kinar

Advanced Hydrology
Lectures, numerical assignments and an essay will help the student develop a physical understanding and analytical abilities regarding the principles governing the hydrological processes responsible for the spatial variability of water resources in Canada. Topics covered will be 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

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 325
Term 2
Prof. Dirk de Boer

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
Dr Cherie Westbrook
Dr K. Chutko

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.

CE 319
Term 2
Dr Amin Elshorbagy

Basic hydrological processes such as precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff, infiltration, interception, and depression storage are introduced. Engineering applications such as streamflow and storm hydrographs, flood routing, hydrologic analyses and design, and watershed simulation are covered.

CE 464
Term 1
Dr Amin Elshorbagy

Water Resources Engineering
This course builds on and supplements various aspects of other hydrotechnical courses, especially those related to hydrology. The course focuses on three major parts of water resources engineering practice. Part I deals with watershed analysis and simulation, including use of state-of-the art software, and the effects of urbanization on watershed runoff, including the design of street drainage systems and detention ponds. It also covers determination of peak discharges for hydrologic design. Part II deals with water use and its associated analysis, including irrigation, drought management and hydropower. Part III deals with water excess management and flood damage mitigation. Several aspects of the course include consideration of economics as a decision-making tool, notably those aspects dealing with drought and flood management.

CE 834
Term 1
Dr Amin Elshorbagy

Water Resources Development
This course builds on and supplements undergraduate hydrotechnical courses especially Hydrology (CE 319). The course focuses on three major parts of water resources engineering practice: Part I ? Watershed Analysis and Simulation; Part II ? Water Use and associated Analysis; and Part III ? Water Excess management and associate Analysis. It includes consideration of water resources systems and their management, establishment of the various data needs for water resource systems analysis, the use of economics as a decision-making tool in water resources engineering. While focused on the engineering aspects of water resource management, the student is also exposed to the broader issues which impact the management decisions of the resource (e.g., social, environmental, ethical).

CE 898

Dr Warren Helgason

Atmosphere-Land Interactions
This course investigates the transfer of energy at the earth surface as it pertains to hydrological and climatological applications. In addition to developing an understanding of the structure of the atmospheric boundary layer, the following physical processes are covered in detail: turbulent heat exchange, evaporation, ground heat storage, radiation heat transfer, and snow melt. The course will also cover measurement techniques for each of the aforementioned processes. The learning objectives will be accomplished through independent readings of seminal and current literature, problem sets, computer modeling exercises, and a term project. The course will focus on applications within natura and agricultural environments.

ENVS 805
Term 1
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 826
Term 1
Dr Yanping Li

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

ENVS 827
Term 1
Dr Jeffery McDonnell

Breakthroughs in Water Security Research
Seminar that investigates the latest in water security research nationally and internationally. Developing awareness and understanding for major concepts in water security and helping students understand what constitutes world class research.

ENVS 898
Term 2
Dr Saman Razavi

Watershed Modelling
This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of hydrologic modelling from our perceptions of the behavior of watershed systems to developing and testing watershed simulation models. Theory and numerical implementation of a wide range of systems analysis approaches, as applied in watershed modelling, are taught, including local and global (derivative-based and derivative-free) optimization, multi-objective optimization, uncertainty analysis (Monte-Carlo simulation and Bayesian inference), and local and global sensitivity analysis. Scale dependency in hydrology in both time and space and its implications for modelling is discussed. Strategies for improving computational efficiency and model performance are presented. Although this course revolves around watershed modelling, the materials taught are general and applicable to modelling other earth and environmental systems (e.g., groundwater, water quality, and atmospheric modelling).

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