[cgu-hs-l] CGU-HS News 23 June 2011

Peters,Daniel [PYR] Daniel.Peters at ec.gc.ca
Thu Jun 23 11:31:09 MDT 2011

1.  Post Doctoral Fellow in Cold Regions Hydrological Modelling: 
Environment Canada's National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon,
Canada, is seeking a Post Doctoral Fellow. Details include:
Project Objectives: 
This research project will test and develop a hydrologic model in order
to consider hazards to oil or gas pipelines, and to minimize
environmental impacts of pipelines, in key northern environments,
including in the Inuvik, NWT and Whitehorse, Yukon areas. Research will
focus on testing and improving a physically based hydrologic model, in
order to improve our ability to predict: 
(1) discharge from river basins, with an emphasis on extreme events, 
(2) snowcover distribution, 
(3) soil freezing and melting over spatially heterogeneous terrain, and 
(4) the effect of future climate change scenarios on hydrology. 
- Ph.D. in hydrology, with experience in 
- physically based modelling 
- analyzing large data sets 
- cold regions hydrological processes - snow accumulation and melt,
permafrost, etc. 
- writing scientific papers, and presenting results at scientific
- data sets from atmospheric models, such as re-analysis products, would
be an asset. 
- Excellent coding skills and interpersonal skills are essential
Duties of the successful candidate: 
The successful candidate would be responsible for: 
(1) developing the required data base to drive the model. Data is
available in NHRC data sets (approx. 20 years of data), as well as data
housed elsewhere, including Environment Canada's operational data sets
(Water Survey of Canada and Meteorological Service of Canada) and
University data sets, 
(2) testing the hydrologic model for Trail Valley and Havikpak Creeks
near Inuvik, NWT, 
(3) analyzing the resulting model output, with an emphasis on extreme
(4) modifying, in consultation with the model developer, the model as
needed, and 
(5) participating in the writing of reports and papers stemming from
this research project. 
In the first year, the project will concentrate on model testing and
Subsequent years will consider 
(1) transferability of model to other basins, 
(2) utility of using atmospheric model re-analysis products, and 
(3) consideration of the impact of future climate scenarios on the
hydrology of these northern regions. 

Duration of Position: 1 year, with possible extension. 
Salary: follows Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada
salary guidelines for Visiting Fellow at a Federal Govt. Laboratory
Starting Date: September 1, 2011 or earlier

Philip Marsh
Environment Canada
National Hydrology Research Centre
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Philip.marsh at ec.gc.ca

2. Post-Docs for the new Southwest Climate Center
Climate Research: An alliance of six universities (Southwest Climate
Alliance <http://www.southwestclimatealliance.org/> ) has been appointed
by the US Department of the Interior (USDI) to host and support a
Southwest Climate Science Center (SWCSC). The host institutions seek to
hire several positions to contribute to a linked research program on
physical, biological, and societal aspects of climate change in the
southwestern United States. This coordinated effort will require a close
interaction across teams from the participating institutions, and
interaction with decision makers to inform integrated planning and
management activities under way throughout the region. Expressions of
interest for particular positions are solicited from the following
participating institutions. 1. University of California Davis. A
post-doc to help meet the needs of the Landscape Conservation
Cooperatives (LCCs), Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service,
and Bureau of Land Management for information on adaptive management in
response to climate change. The position will focus on modeling
ecological responses of populations to ecosystems and providing decision
support for management of biological resources. The post-doc will assist
in translating the information directly to stakeholders and agency
representatives at state and regional levels. The post-doc also will
work to convey agency needs for information on climate and climate
variability to post-docs and researchers at UCLA, Scripps and DRI/WRCC.
Please contact Professor Mark Schwartz, mwschwartz at ucdavis.edu. 2.
University of California Los Angeles. A post-doc working on downscaling
of climate model results via nested physical based models for the
southwestern United States and its coastal waters. This is an expansion
of the current UCLA physical based model to extents of 2 to 12 km. The
post-doc will also work to improve this model's ability to capture
natural climate variability. The post-doc will work with local
Department of the Interior agencies, US Forest Service, state agencies,
and local and regional water management groups. This post-doc will be
working particularly closely with colleagues at Scripps Institution of
Oceanography to generate a coordinated and comprehensive set of regional
products. She or he also will also work closely with DRI on presentation
and visualization of results. Please contact Professor Glen MacDonald,
macdonal at geog.ucla.edu. 3. Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
University of California San Diego. A post-doc working on downscaling
and interpretation of observed and model simulated climate and
hydrologic variability over the 20th and 21st centuries for the
Southwest region. This post-doc ideally will be skilled in statistical
data analysis and synoptic meteorology and will use the downscaled data
products to study variability and change in temperature, precipitation
and hydrologic extremes. He or she will be interfacing with the UCLA
post-doc on fine resolution climate issues and with post-docs working at
other partner institutions on issues of instrumental climate
variability, ecology, hydrology, resource management, and social
science, as well as working with local Department of the Interior and
state agencies. Please contact Dr. Alexander Gershunov,
agershunov at ucsd.edu . 4. Desert Research Institute, Western Regional
Climate Center, Reno NV. A computer scientist / climate analyst will
work to improve the development, enhancement, access, and visualization
of climate databases to meet needs of the SWCSC partners and affiliates.
These needs span historical and ongoing in situ observations and gridded
or interpolated fine-resolution fields of hydroclimatic elements, data
integration, climate monitoring methods, data search and interactive
access and visualization tools, and applications for climate adaptation
that make use of projected conditions. Activities will be informed by
past and ongoing stakeholder interactions, and will be coordinated with
national RCC data management and access initiatives. These efforts will
also link with and serve the 5 CSCs the 14 Landscape Conservation
Cooperatives within the WRCC service region, and USDI agencies. This
individual will work extensively with post-docs at the other 5
institutions to ensure a comprehensive and highly usable suite of
products. Applicants at BS/MS/PhD levels with strong computer science
and physical/mathematical interests will be considered for permanent
hire. Please contact Dr. Kelly Redmond, kelly.redmond at dri.edu. Within
the research profiles outlined above, these climate science researchers
will also be involved in authoring of the Southwest Climate Alliance's
contribution to the United States National Climate Assessment. Post-doc
appointments are for one year at the respective institutions, with
performance-based extensions possible. Posted: 6/21/11.
Glen M. MacDonald
UC Presidential Chair and 
UCLA Institute of the Environment
and Sustainability 
Professor of Geography
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
macdonal at geog.ucla.edu

3.  Session H49 at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting,
5-9 December 2011 in San Francisco, California

Organizers of Session H49 at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall
Meeting, 5-9 December 2011 in San Francisco, California: Moving Towards
a Unified Threshold-based Hydrological Theory would like to encourage
those interested to submit an abstract.

Many theories fail to explain runoff variation because landscape
heterogeneity and hydrologic connectivity are not adequately considered.
Rainfall and storage thresholds have been proposed to explain complex
rainfall-runoff behaviour but hydrologists still need to agree on how to
quantify critical conditions where catchments transition between
distinct hydrological functions. We invite papers that (i) suggest
methods for detecting thresholds and incorporating them into model
structures; (ii) examine how thresholds interact across scales; (iii)
compare threshold-driven catchment functions across different land use
and climatic conditions; and (iv) address reasons why threshold
behaviours might not occur in certain environments.  Confirmed invited
speakers include Dr. Kevin McGuire, Virginia Tech and Dr. Sim Reaney,
Durham University.  

The abstract submission deadline for this and all other sessions is
Thursday, 4 August 2011 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. To submit
an abstract, you must enter the first author's current AGU member ID and
password at: http://agu-fm11.abstractcentral.com/.

For further information, please contact:
Genevieve Ali
E-mail: g.ali at abdn.ac.uk

Claire Oswald
E-mail: claire.oswald at utoronto.ca

Christopher Spence
E-mail: chris.spence at ec.gc.ca


Daniel Peters
CGU-HS Secretary

Daniel Lee Peters, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Research Scientist, Watershed Hydrologist
Aquatic Ecosystem Impacts Research Division

Environment Canada @
Water - Climate Impacts Research Centre
University of Victoria.
Victoria BC V8W 3R4
Tel: 250-363-8954
Fax: 250-363-3586
email: Daniel.Peters at ec.gc.ca

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