John Pomeroy

John Pomeroy, Ph.D

Director, Global Water Futures Programme at University of Saskatchewan

Dr. John Pomeroy is Director of the Global Water Futures Programme – the largest university-led freshwater research project in the world. At the University of Saskatchewan he is the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, Distinguished Professor of Geography, Director of the Centre for Hydrology, and Director of the Coldwater Laboratory, Canmore, AB. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Geophysical Union and the Royal Geographical Society, is the 2019 recipient of the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, was the 2017 recipient of the J Tuzo Wilson Medal from the Canadian Geophysical Union and serves as Institute Professor of the Biogeoscience Institute of the University of Calgary and Adjunct Professor of the University of Waterloo and of Wilfrid Laurier University. He leads the International Network for Alpine Research Catchment Hydrology project of the World Climate Research Programme.

He is the founder and former President of the International Commission on Snow and Ice Hydrology, former Chair of the International Decade for Predictions in Ungauged basins, former President of the Canadian Geophysical Union, was the first Professor of Hydrology in Wales and was a Professor at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Research Scientist with Environment Canada and the US Forest Service and a NATO Science Fellow at the University of East Anglia. His primary research interests are in cold regions hydrology and water quality with an emphasis on snow redistribution and ablation processes, and the development of novel observational and modelling techniques. Dr. Pomeroy has authored over 350 research articles and several books that have been cited over 17,000 times

He serves, or has served as:

Director, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan, 2004-
Director, Coldwater Laboratory, Canmore, AB, University of Saskatchewan, 2009-
Director, Global Water Futures, University of Saskatchewan, 2017-
Associate Program Director, Global Water Futures, University of Saskatchewan, 2016-2017
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 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.

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