Directory Profiles

Dr. John W. Pomeroy


Dr John Pomeroy is the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change (Tier 1), Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan, an Honorary Professor of the Centre for Glaciology, Aberystwyth University, Wales, a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and an Institute Professor for the Biogeoscience Institute of the University of Calgary. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Royal Geographical Society.

He serves, or has served as:

  • Director, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan, 2004–
  • Director, Coldwater Laboratory, Kananaskis, AB, University of Saskatchewan, 2009–
  • Theme Leader, and Co-Principal Investigator, NSERC Changing Cold Regions Network, 2013–
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan, 2011–
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative, Canmore, 2008–
  • President of the International Commission for Snow and Ice Hydrology (ICSIH) 2005–2013
  • Chair of the IAHS Prediction in Ungauged Basins (PUB) initiative 2009–2011
  • Project Lead, Improved Processes and Parameterisation for Prediction in Cold Regions (IP3) Network 2006–2012
  • Project Lead, SGI Canada Hydrometeorology Programme 2007–2012
  • Co-lead of the Drought Research Initiative (DRI) Network 2005–2012
  • Co-lead of the Freshwater Flux and Prediction Theme of the Arctic Freshwater Systems: Hydrology and Ecology study of the International Polar Year 2006–2011
  • President of the Canadian Geophysical Union 2007–2009
  • President of the Eastern Snow Conference 2001–2002

Professor Pomeroy holds a PhD in Agricultural Engineering (1988) and BSc (Hons.) in Geography (1983) from the University of Saskatchewan. In the late 1980s through the 1990s he was a NATO Science Fellow at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, England; a Research Scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Wyoming, a Research Scientist and Project Leader at Environment Canada’s National Hydrology Research Institute and a member of the Division of Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan. He was the first Professor of Hydrology in Wales, where he was awarded a personal chair in 2001 by the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has won best paper awards from both the Eastern and Western Snow Conferences, research awards from the Governments of Canada and Japan and a teaching award from the University of Saskatchewan Students Union.

Professor Pomeroy has authored over 250 research articles, reports and books, conducted research in western and northern Canada, the United States, Bolivia, Russia, Wales, Scotland, Nepal, China, Chile and Japan. He has given many presentations throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

His current research interests are in physical hydrology emphasizing cold regions processes, watershed modeling, snow, forests, mountains, prairies, arctic, hydrometeorology, hydrochemistry, ecohydrology and instrumentation.

Featured Research Summaries

Flooding Consistent Over Time in the Upper Bow River, Alberta

Selected/Recent Publications

Changes to flood peaks of a mountain river: implications for analysis of the 2013 flood in the Upper Bow River, Canada
Whitfield PH & JW Pomeroy
Hydrological Processes doi: 10.1002/hyp.10957 (2016)

Accuracy of snow depth estimation in mountain and prairie environments by an unmanned aerial vehicle
Harder P, M Schirmer, JW Pomeroy & W Helgason
The Cryosphere 10:2559–2571 (Nov 2016)

Impact of antecedent conditions on simulations of a flood in a mountain headwater basin
Fang X & JW Pomeroy
Hydrological Processes 30:2754–2772 (Jul 2016)

The 2013 flood event in the South Saskatchewan and Elk River basins: Causes, assessment and damages
Pomeroy JW, RE Stewart & PH Whitfield
Canadian Water Resources Journal 41:105–117 (Jan 2016)

Water resources: Research network to track alpine water
Pomeroy JW, M Bernhardt & D Marks
Nature 521:32–32 (May 2015)

An evaluation of methods for determining during-storm precipitation phase and the rain/snow transition elevation at the surface in a mountain basin
Marks D, A Winstral, M Reba, JW Pomeroy & M Kurmar
Advances in Water Resources 55:98–110 (May 2013)

The impact of coniferous forest temperature on incoming longwave radiation to melting snow
Pomeroy JW, D Marks, T Links, C Ellis, J Hardy & A Rowlands
Hydrological Processes 23:2513–2525 (Aug 2009)

Variation in surface energetics during snowmelt in a subarctic mountain catchment
Pomeroy JW, B Toth, RJ Granger, NR Hedstrom & RLH Essery
Journal of Hydrometeorology 4:702–719 (Aug 2003)

Prediction of seasonal snow accumulation in cold climate forests
Pomeroy JW, DM Gray, NR Hedstrom & JR Janowicz
Hydrological Processes 16:3543–3558 (Dec 2002)

Physical properties in snow
Pomeroy JW & E Brun
In Snow Ecology: an Interdisciplinary Examination of Snow-covered Ecosystems (Eds. Jones HG, JW Pomeroy, DA Walker & RW Hoham), 45–118 p. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK