My interests are in terrestrial cryospheric processes for advancing our understanding of climate change and water resource management. In many places, seasonal snowmelt makes a significant contribution to the annual water budget. Quantifying regional snow water storage is crucial for effective water resource management. With global environmental change, we are starting to observe changes to seasonal snow dynamics that will affect people in many parts of the world. Fundamental accurate observations and measurements of snow accumulation, therefore, are critical to help better understand changes to the cryosphere and more efficiently manage snow water resources.

One aim of my research group is to develop and apply novel approaches to estimate and map snow accumulation and water storage on the Earth using satellite remote sensing systems. To this end, the group conducts field work, and develops and uses physics-based, empirical and geospatial models of snow and wintertime landscapes to advance our understanding of snow on the Earth's surface.My research relates to substantial questions concerning how the cryosphere is responding to global environmental change.

A second emerging area of research is in the monitoring and mapping of water resources in developing countries. For example, a current project explores the use of remote sensing for water resource management in southern India. The work ultimately connects with the UNs Sustainable Development Goals through the leveraging of technological solutions for local scale applications. 

My research group is strongly focused on these goals. Graduate students have gone on to research or consultancy positions with Environment and Climate Change Canada, MDA, (Teledyne) Optech Inc., Canadian Ice Service, etc. Therefore, I am interested in students who can demonstrate a strong motivation to achieve academic excellence in these areas and/or whose interests in novel remote sensing science or theory can contribute to our research. If you have expertise and interests in remote sensing and/or physical geography of the cryosphere/water resources, please explore my web pages and contact me to find out more.

Currently available graduate student opportunities (September 2020 onwards):

Funded positions:

Project Title: Application of novel airborne Ku and L-band SAR observations for watershed-scale seasonal snow mapping [PhD: open call]
Start Date: September 2020 (or as soon as possible after)
Funding Source: Global Water Futures project: Transformative Technologies and Smart Watersheds
Further Details: click link.

Project Title: Airborne Ku and L-band SAR observations of snow [PhD: Canadian or Canadian Permanent Resident]
Start Date: January 2021 (tentative)
Funding Source: TBD
Further Details: (to be announced)

Partially funded positions (ongoing areas of interest):

  • Remote sensing of seasonal snow accumulation using active and/or passive microwave observations - satellite, airborne or ground based. [MSc or PhD];
  • lobal or regional scale snow climatology using native or enhanced spatial resolution observations [MSc or PhD];
  • Remote sensing of water resources in developing countries [MSc or PhD];
  • Use of social media for citizen science applications of snow accumulation [MSc or PhD]

Fully funded opportunities are available for students who are Canadian citizens, Canadian Permanent Residents or International Students. Partially funded opportunites applicable for Canadian Citizens, Canadian Permanent Residents or International students with external competitive scholarship funding. Please contact me if you would like to find out more