The University of Saskatchewan is involved in the world’s largest water study to develop a cross-Canada drought and flooding prediction system.
The $143 million project is partially funded by the federal government. The U of S is partnering with the Universities of Waterloo, McMaster and Wilfred Laurier for Global Water Futures.
John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change and a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, says a lab in Canmore has been set up to research water resources in the Rocky Mountains, and will be looking at a wide variety of areas.
“It will look at the water supplies in the future as the climate shifts,” said Pomeroy. “It will look at the impact of climate change, land drainage, in agricultural practices, water quality, source water protection for drinking water. All kinds of things across the country.”
Pomeroy says climate change in the Rockies has led to devastating floods downstream, and in some years, a rainfall has helped prevent dry winters in the mountains from creating drought-like conditions in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
A national water forecasting and prediction centre will be established in Saskatoon for the study.