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 2010):

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 325
Term 2
Prof Dirk de Boer and
Dr Cherie Westbrook

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

GEOG 328
Term 2
Dr Cherie Westbrook

Groundwater Hydrology
The largest source of readily accessible freshwater lies under the ground surface, and close to half of Saskatchewan's population relies on groundwater as a source of drinking water. The goal of this course is to provide a rigorous understanding of subsurface hydrological processes. The course 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 398 / ENVS898
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 Kevin Shook

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 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 March 2010 is available here and here.