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 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 / ENVS 803
Term 1
Dr Cherie Westbrook
Prof. Maureen Reed

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

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 423
Term 2
Prof. Xulin Guo

Advanced Remote Sensing
Deals with advanced remote sensing techniques including satellite imagery calibration, spectral data transformation and land use cover classification, and detection of environmental change. The course consists of three inter-related components: lectures, laboratory exercises and group projects.

GEOG 823
Term 2
Prof. Xulin Guo

Field and Laboratory Techniques in Remote Sensing
There are three major parts to this course: class discussion, field data collection, and a research project. A topic is assigned for weekly in-class discussion. One time field data collection will be arranged including using spectroradiometer and LAI-2000 instruments. Each student must finish a research project.

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.

GEOG 898
Term 2
Prof. John Pomeroy

Micrometeorological Instrumentation
This course provides an introduction to the field of environmental monitoring, reviewing the critical elements necessary for a long-term successful monitoring program in water security, using various real and ongoing monitoring projects with cutting edge sensors as examples. The focus is on micrometeorological monitoring and will cover the main parameters of this field: radiation, temperature, water in the atmosphere, wind, atmospheric pressure, as well as some of the basic soil parameters. A very brief review of the practical aspects of these parameters and discussion of guidelines and specifications required for standard meteorological stations and the issues related to installation and operation in the field. This will be followed by a presentation of the leading data acquisition systems in the field of micrometeorology and their programming. Students will gain 'hands-on' experience with the programming, wiring and using sensors for most of the parameters reviewed.

CE 898
Term 2
Dr Warren Helgason

Atmosphere-Land Interactions
Details to follow.

ENVS 805
Term 1
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.

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 1
Dr Jeffery McDonnell

Isotope Tracers in Catchment Hydrology
The course will focus on key topics of using of isotope tracers in catchment hydrology including hydrograph separation, transit time calculation, isotopes as model testing and evaluation tools, isotope biogeochemistry, isotopes for groundwater age dating and plant water source identification. Theory and examples will be from headwater catchment scales to global scale datasets. The material will draw heavily on the complementary backgrounds and expertise of the course instructors. There will be hands-on exercises that will follow the 4-day class and the class project will culminate in a student-led, multi-authored poster presentation for the 2017 CGU meeting.