Prairie Hydrological Model Study
The Prairie Hydrological Model Study was a three-year project (2007 - 2010) established with the aim of developing improved software representations of ‘Prairie Pothole’ hydrological systems, and led by Prof John Pomeroy, Dr Cherie Westbrook and Dr Xulin Guo.
These complex environments present a range of challenges in streamflow prediction: previous research had suggested that interactions between wetlands and land cover were important in governing snow redistribution and surface / sub-surface connectivity, and therefore soil moisture and extreme flows (both low and high), between relatively shallow topographic depressions, but the processes involved were not well understood.
The study focused on forming a detailed description of the Smith Creek research basin in Eastern Saskatchewan, and parameterising the interconnected processes at work immediately above, on, and below ground-level. These could then be represented within a software model, thereby providing significant improvements in abilities to predict streamflow from hydrometeorological inputs in similar settings.
More details about the origins, progress and conclusions of the project are available in the reports listed below.
Publications and Reports
Fang X, Minke A, Pomeroy J, Brown T, Westbrook C, Guo X and Guangul S. 2007. A Review of Canadian Prairie Hydrology: Principles, Modelling and Response to Land Use and Drainage Change, October 2007. Centre for Hydrology Report No. 2. pp. 35.
- Pomeroy J, Westbrook C, Fang X, Minke A and Guo X. 2008. Prairie Hydrological Model Study Progress Report, April 2008. Centre for Hydrology Report No. 3. pp. 18.
- Pomeroy J, Westbrook C, Fang X, Brown T, Minke A and Guo X. 2009. Prairie Hydrological Model Study Progress Report, January 2009. Centre for Hydrology Report No. 4. pp. 36.
Pomeroy J, Westbrook C, Fang X, Minke A, Guo X. 2009. Snow Surveys and Hydrometeorology Data Collection in 2009 Winter Field Season at Smith Creek Basin, March 2009. pp. 7.
Pomeroy J, Fang X, Westbrook C, Minke A, Guo X and Brown T. 2010. Prairie Hydrological Model Study Progress Report, January 2010. Centre for Hydrology Report No. 7. pp. 126.
Centre for Hydrology
University of Saskatchewan