Upcoming Events:

FloodNet 2017 Annual General 

The FloodNet AGM is an opportunity for FloodNet researchers and partners to get together and discuss the current findings of the FloodNet research program. Register here.


HEPEX Workshop

The 2016 HEPEX Workshop "Ensemble for better hydrological forecasts" will take place June 6 to 8, 2016 at Université Laval, Québec.

Ensemble for better hydrological forecasts is not only a call to draw attention to the numerous advantages of pooling efficient hydrological solutions to enhance operational forecasting and decision-making; it stresses the need for more human collaborations all along the modelling chain, i.e., among modellers, forecasters, users and decision-makers.

Efforts undertaken to improve the value of hydrometeorological forecasts have clearly shown that a lot of work can be better achieved together, sharing accomplishments and lessons learned.

Following previous workshops, the 2016 HEPEX Workshop will be an opportunity to meet and share. We will discuss a range of technical, scientific and social topics related to hydrological ensemble prediction systems. This includes post-processing approaches and downscaling of atmospheric ensemble forecasts, community multimodel endeavors, hydrologic data assimilation (what and how), ensemble verification and value of predictions, post-processing of hydrological predictive distributions, uncertainty quantification and user acceptance, communication of forecast services and products, risk-based decision-making, and many more.

Special attention will be paid to methodologies and systems developed by researchers and operational services around the world, with focus on how multi-actor collaboration is an asset or a challenge.

The following FloodNet HQP and Investigators will be presenting:

6 June 2016 - Poster Session - Kurt Kornelsen and Paulin Coulibaly (Network Administrator and Investigator McMaster University) - Investigating the relationship between precipitation input and model parameter distribution during calibration: initial results from 72 Canadian basins

6 June 2016 - Poster Session - Seid Awol (HQP McMaster University) - Comparison of ensemble verification metrics on daily mean flows and monthly peak flows

6 June 2016 - Poster Session - Mabrouk Abaza (HQP Université Laval) - Exploiting the novel Canadian Meteorological ensemble reforecasts for the post processing of their ensemble forecasts

7 June 2016 - Session #6 - Antoine Thiboult (HQP Université Laval) - Investigating quality and value of dissimilar streamflow forecasting systems

CWRA Conference

The 69th CWRA Conference will take place on May 25-27, 2016 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal, located in the heart of downtown Montreal.

The main theme of the conference is:
Water management at all scales: reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience

This conference will be an opportunity to learn about recent research and case studies in the field of science and water management. Participants with various expertise will reach Hotel Montreal Bonaventure for this event, in an ideal place to foster exchanges and for the emergence of innovative solutions in the field of water.

Many subjects related to water will be discussed during the conference, particularly those of interest for two CWRA committee: Canadian Committee for Irrigation and Drainage (CANCID) and Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS). In addition, the conference will host many sessions about groundwater, in collaboration with the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH-CNC).

The following FloodNet HQP and Investigators will be presenting:

25 May 2016 - Session #132 - Hussein Wazneh (HQP McMaster University) - Identification of hydrological neighbourhoods using statistical depth function

25 May 2016 - Session #123 - Tommy Kokas (HQP University of Western Ontario) - Evaluating the effect of urbanization on flooding in the Black Creek sub-watershed

25 May 2016 - Session #134 - Amaury Tilmant (Investigator Université Laval) - Sharing the benefit foregone associated with environmental flows in a multireservoir hydropower system

26 May 2016 - Session #222 - Kamrul Hossain (HQP University of Saskatchewan) - A Comparative Study of the Flow Generation Algorithms in MESH Hydrological Model

26 May 2016 - Session #224 - Shabnam Mostofi Zadeh (HQP University of Waterloo) - Pooled flood frequency analysis in Atlantic Canada

26 May 2016 - Session #234 - Bharath Raja (HQP University of Saskatchewan) - Integrated flood risk assessment and zonation of a prairie watershed

27 May 2016 - Session #314 - Hussein Wazneh (HQP McMaster University) - Historical spatial and temporal climate trends in southern Ontario

MIKE-Info, Planning and Operations Seminars

DHI Canada and the Academy by DHI will be hosting two training seminars at McMaster University.

02 May 2016 - Introduction to Implementation and Operation of a Modern Flood Forecasting System

This one day workshop provides an introduction to the opportunities, benefits, challenges, and requirements for implementing a modern flood forecasting system. Although many of the concepts and workflows will be generic in nature, the presentations will focus on the features, functionality, and capabilities of DHI's data management, decision support and operational forecasting system.

(See the Poster Here).

03-04 May 2016 - Flood Forecasting System Development: Introduction to Setting up and Running a Modern Flood Forecasting System

This two-day, hands-on course provides an introduction to MIKE INFO and MIKE OPERATIONS and will also provide an introduction to the process of developing a model adaptor to allow MIKE OPERATIONS to communicate with third party hydraulic and hydrologic models.

Note: This course is geared towards FloodNet members. Experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modelling is required as well as a background in C# programming. The Microsoft C# Tutorial can be found here, but there are many other free tutorials on the web. 

(See the Poster Here).