Key Topics
Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory
Marmot Creek Research Basin
Data-Stream from Smith Creek & Marmot Creek Research Basins



Facilities

CH's main physical core is located in Kirk Hall, in the heart of the main U of S campus in Saskatoon, which provides an excellent suite of offices and labs.

Staff and students are additionally to be found at Environment Canada's National Hydrology Research Centre, immediately adjacent to the campus.

Hydrology-related activities also take place in labs and departments elsewhere on campus, providing facilities for research in soil-water relationships (Agricultural Engineering), aquatic ecology (Biology), soil hydrology, groundwater, modelling, and hydraulics (Civil and Geological Engineering), GIS, remote sensing, rivers, sediments (Geography), groundwater, geochemistry, and isotope analysis (Geology), soil hydrology and chemistry (Soil Science), and aquatic contaminant chemistry (Toxicology). There is an excellent computing and information technology infrastructure, including access to the high-performance Western Canada Research Grid (WestGrid).

Further afield, CH maintains premises at the Coldwater Laboratory, part of the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis Country, Alberta: as well as offices and labs, this facility is able to provide an accommodation base for fieldwork in nearby research basins.

Field studies are conducted in a wide variety of settings and locations, in Canada and around the world. Principal research sites include Smith Creek and St Denis in Saskatchewan, Marmot Creek and Sibbald Lake in Alberta, and Wolf Creek in the Yukon Territory.
 

To support its field studies, CH owns and operates a comprehensive inventory of instrumentation and equipment, ranging from dataloggers, hygrothermometers, thermocouples (conventional and infrared), anemometers (cup, propellor and sonic), long-wave radiometers, solarimeters, rain and snow gauges, barometric pressure transducers, soil moisture meters, groundwater level recorders, and stream gauges, to heavy-duty 4x4 trucks, ATVs and snowmobiles.






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