Communicating Scientific Results to Local Communities: BC Floods 2018

The top disaster news in the past few weeks has been major flooding in communities across Canada. From New Brunswick to Alberta and British Columbia, it’s been a wet spring for Canadians across the country. Here in BC, the city of Grand Forks was inundated with the most water they’ve seen since 1948. Other communities…

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Western Water & Forests: Spring 2016 Outlook

Last month, Dezene Huber, a professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, tweeted this photo of BC’s mighty Fraser River in Prince George. Doesn’t look so mighty, does it? Yes, that’s the gravel bed showing through, and there’s very little water – frozen or not. Fast forward a month, and Stephen Déry – also…

Fish, forests, and snow

You’re standing on a stream bank in your local mountain watershed. The sun is rising, warming the back of your head, and you see a fish drifting lazily in a still pool just off the rock you’re standing on. You peer closer, but with a flick of the tail it’s gone. You wonder if it…

Modelling our way to the answers

I ran across a press release recently for a paper on snowpack and climate change in Oregon. It caught my attention because it was written by a PhD student I’d spoken with at length while on sabbatical at Oregon State University. Though I’d missed his defense because I was  visiting the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest,…

Where’s all the snow?

We spent a few days in the Rockies last week, on a memorial trip for a family member we lost last year. We were surprised at what appeared to be low snow amounts, particularly up at the hydrologic apex of North America: the Columbia Icefield. When we arrived there on Thursday, the wind was howling…