We know that climate change is altering rainfall and snowfall patterns, increasing temperatures, melting ice, thawing permafrost, and increasing the frequency of droughts and floods. The impacts on water systems are costly for Canadian society and the environment. But water is a local variable resource, and vulnerability to climate-related hazards—such as flooding and drought—differs between regions. This vulnerability also stems from the failure of institutions to adequately prepare for and manage existing and evolving risks.
As Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Water Systems in a Changing Climate, Dr. Alain Pietroniro is advancing the next generation of a community prediction framework that will improve process understanding, data assimilation techniques, and geo-spatial information to improve decision-making and support policy development and knowledge mobilization. Ultimately, their research will address water resources and related hydro-meteorological and hydro-climatic problems and enable more sustainable management.