Hydrology AND GLACIOLOGY
Several faculty conduct research in the broad areas of hydrology, glaciology and snow science. Hydrologic research focuses on the flow of water through the landscape and on physical water quality (suspended sediment and water temperature). Process studies at the plot, hillslope and small catchment scales are complemented by statistical analyses of hydrologic variables at the large catchment and regional scales. Glaciological research focuses on snow processes, avalanche dynamics, and hazard assessment; snow accumulation, melt and runoff; and glacier mass balance. Much of the research examines the effects of land use, particularly forest harvesting, and of climatic variability and change. Current projects include studies of the hydrology and thermal regime of headwater streams and their responses to forest harvesting with different riparian management strategies; avalanche prediction for heli-skiing operations and highways maintenance; interactions between snow avalanches and forest practices; climate-glacier-streamflow relations in the Southern Coast Mountains; scaling runoff processes from plots to catchments; and regional studies of snowpack, streamflow and water temperature variations.
Faculty working on Hydrology and Glaciology
Michele Koppes, Assistant Professor
B.A. Honours, Williams College; M.Sc., Ph.D. (2007) University of Washington
"My research focuses on glacier processes, glaciated landscapes and landscape response to climate change, from the long term (the Quaternary Era) to recent change (i.e. in the past century). I am fascinated with rates of geomorphic change, particularly the effects of humans on the landscape and how we compare to other natural geomorphic agents such as glaciers and rivers. Some of my current research projects are focusing on quantifying glacier change, landscape response, and the effects of climate change on melt water resources in Alaska, southern Patagonia, Antarctica, and the northwestern Himalayas."
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Office Phone: 604-822-4896
Room Number: GEOG 141
David McClung, Professor Emeritus
Snow and avalanche science
B.Sc, North Dakota State University; AM, University of Rochester; Ph.D (1974), University of Washington
"Snow and avalanche mechanics, avalanche dynamics and engineering, avalanche prediction and forecasting."
Dr. McClung holds the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Snow and Avalanche Science, supported by NSERC, Forest Renewal BC, Canadian Mountain Holidays, and UBC. The research program covers avalanche forecasting and interaction of avalanches and forest cover.
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Office Phone: 604-822-9157
Room Number: GEOG 241
Dan Moore, Professor
Hydroclimatology, hydrology, water quality, cryosphere
B.Sc. Honours, UBC; Ph.D. (1984), University of Canterbury
"I am trying to gain a better understanding of the ways in which climate variability and change on various time scales, in conjunction with forest and glacier dynamics, influence hydrological processes and the patterns of streamflow and water quality."
Dr. Moore currently holds the FRBC Chair in Hydrology.
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Office Phone: 604-822-3538
Room Number: GEOG 225
Lab Number: GEOG 246
Department of Geography - Faculty of Arts - The University of British Columbia