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Dr. Dave Sauchyn

B.Sc. (Geography, Alberta), M.A. (Geography, Colorado), Ph.D. (Geography, Waterloo)

Senior Research Scientist (PARC) and Professor of Geography (U of R)

Dave Sauchyn is the Senior Research Scientist at the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC). He is also a Professor of Geography at the University of Regina, where he has been a faculty member since 1983. Dr. Sauchyn’s main research interest is in the climate of the past millennium in Canada’s western interior and what past climate can tell us about the climate to expect in the near future. He is involved in two National Centres of Excellence, the Sustainable Forest Management Network and the Canadian Water Network. He is a co-investigator in a five-year multi-disciplinary comparative study of institutional adaptation to climate change in northern Chile and the Canadian plains. He is also involved in an international training program in Rural Water Conservation in Chile. Dr. Sauchyn’s other international scientific activities include Canadian leader of International Geological Correlation Project #500, “Drylands Change: Past, Present and Future”. His international work has taken Dave to South Africa, Ukraine, Chile and throughout the USA.

Among his many affiliations, Dr. Sauchyn is Past-President of the Canadian Quaternary Association and the Canadian Geomorphological Research Group, a national director of the Canadian Water Resources Association, a member of the national advisory committee for the Climate Change Impacts Scenarios project, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2001, he received the John Warkentin Award for Scholarly Contributions of the Geography of the Western Interior and has been the Wiley / Royal Canadian Geographical Society Distinguished Guest Lecturer, the Kansas Academy of Science Distinguished Guest Speaker and the Owen Holmes lecturer at the University of Lethbridge.

The Research Program

"The Forcing and Consequences of Climatic Variability"

The goal of the research program is to contribute to a better understanding of the nature, causes and consequences of climatic variability in the western Canadian interior in support of planning and policy for the adaptation of energy and renewable resource industries to climate change. The scientific objectives are to:

1. Determine the intensity, frequency and duration of precipitation and stream flow anomalies for the past 500 years from a network of moisture-sensitive tree-ring chronologies;


2. Assess whether historical (i.e., recent) climate anomalies and extremes are unusual by comparing instrumental and proxy records;


3. Analyze the spatial distribution of anomalies in the paleoclimatic record;


4. Empirically model the links between climatic variability and the timing, magnitude and frequency of climatically-driven earth surface processes;


5. Apply paleoclimatic records to the analysis of hydroclimatic conditions that exceed thresholds of change in soil landscape and in the design capacity of hydraulic structures; and


6. Interpret and deliver the research results such that they are readily applied by resource managers and policy analysts.

By collaborating with natural and social scientists, we will extend the research program beyond these core scientific objectives to further satisfy the goal of providing our decision makers in government and industry with a scientific context for the forecasting of water supplies, evaluation of resource management strategies and the planning of adaptation to climate change. The proposed research program is innovative in terms of applying the analysis of various sources and scales of climatic, biophysical and socio-economic data to the study of climate variation at annual to decadal time scales, and to the vulnerability of natural resource and energy industries to climatic variability and change.

For more information on Dr. Sauchyn visit:http://uregina.ca/~sauchyn/djs/

 

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