Supporting Adaptation Planning in the Athabasca River Basin

PROJECT SUMMARY The scientific objectives of this project were to develop scenarios of projected changes in the hydroclimate of the Athabasca River Basin (ARB) using innovative methods that incorporate the forcing and modes of variability in the regional hydroclimate and...

The Castle River Basin: A Sentinel Watershed

PROJECT SUMMARY This project was a collaboration with scientists at the University of Lethbridge. The project evaluated historical, contemporary and possible future land cover and climatic changes within the Castle Watershed headwaters of the Oldman River Basin (ORB), and quantified...

Adaptation to Changing Water in Alberta

PROJECT SUMMARY This project was a collaboration with scientists at the University of Alberta. Climate change will alter the spatial and temporal distribution of water supplies in Alberta. Understanding the dynamics of water flows and allocations is needed to enable...

Climate Monitoring for the Metis Association of Saskatchewan

PROJECT SUMMARY The purpose of this project was to provide Limnos Environmental Consulting with a detailed description of local climate changes for their climate monitoring work with the Metis Association of Saskatchewan. We provided information on climate change from three...

Climate Services Training Scan – Domestic

PROJECT SUMMARY The objective of this project was to identify and understand the range of climate services training currently offered (or previously offered) in Canada and any gaps. We contacted federal, provincial and territorial government agencies; regional climate consortia; NGOs;...

Long-term hydroclimatic variability in the lower North Saskatchewan River Basin

PROJECT SUMMARY The scientific problem addressed by this project was the reliability and security of water supplies derived from the North Saskatchewan River (NSR). The industrial partner, Husky Energy, has heavy oil assets in the Lloydminster region of Saskatchewan and...

Sustainable Urban Water Management in the Context of Climate Variability and Change

PROJECT SUMMARY The primary objective this project was to generate up to 1000 years of weekly stream flows for the Bow River at Calgary and North Saskatchewan River at Edmonton. This unique data set enabled a secondary objective: an evaluation...

Water Resource Challenges for Agricultural Productivity in a Warmer Climate for the Canadian Prairies

PROJECT SUMMARY Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) provided funding to enable researchers at PARC to apply climate scenarios from ECCC’s Regional Climate Model (RCM), and other climate model data, to the prairie region for a study future agricultural risks...

Predicting Alberta’s Water Future

PROJECT SUMMARY The objectives of this project were to advise a research group at the University of Alberta on the application of output from climate models and provide them with bias-corrected climate projections for Alberta watersheds. The climate data consisted...

Future Hydroclimate Extremes and Adaptive Basin Planning, Oldman and South Saskatchewan River Basins

PROJECT SUMMARY The sustainable use of Alberta’s freshwater supplies relies on a solid understanding of their distribution geographically and over time as the climate varies. Major freshwater challenges are arising with a growing population, economic growth, and the interactions between...

Long-term variability and reliability of the flow of the Athabasca River

PROJECT SUMMARY The research problem addressed by this project was the long-term variability and reliability of the flow of the Athabasca River, which is the major source of water for the extraction and processing of bitumen from the oil sands...