John Pomeroy is among the global experts gathering at Mount Royal University in Calgary to explore water issues across Canada and around the world.
As Associate Program Director of Global Water Futures as well as director of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a member of the Global institute for Water Security, Pomeroy has been tasked with discussing climate change and water security. These are pressing issues that he predicts will become more dire in the near future, said Pomeroy to CBC’s The Homestretch program.
“We are losing our cold and Canada is seeing this most profoundly with declining glaciers, shorter snow coverage seasons, changing streamflows and more water vapour in the atmosphere at times giving us extraordinary floods and then between those floods some of the most severe droughts in our history,” said Pomeroy.
“It’s putting us into a water security situation that we’ve never seen in our history.”
He also spoke on the formation of Global Water Futures, the largest university-led water research program ever funded worldwide.
Pomeroy, The Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, was featured alongside several other panelists at Under the Western Skies, a biennial conference on the environment that took place on September 27 to 30.