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The Integrated Modelling Program for Canada, or "IMPC," is a transdisciplinary research program bringing together scientists and stakeholders from six Canadian universities, twelve government agencies and more than ten end-user communities. This team provides a unique expertise that integrates atmospheric science, hydrology and ecology with social science, computer science, economics, and water resource engineering.

IMPC aims to develop modelling capability for the prediction and management of change in Canada’s seven major river basins. The research themes of IMPC are designed to diagnose, simulate, and predict interactions amongst natural and human-driven water resource components of the changing Earth and environmental systems, and to deliver optimal decision-making tools and solutions for uncertain future water resources, considering the range of stakeholder needs in Canada’s major river basins.

Our Story

Fragmented governance, a failure to link diverse forecasting and prediction systems, and increasing uncertainty are only some of the issues that challenge water management across Canada. Water governance in Canada adheres to provincial and municipal boundaries rather than river basin boundaries, leading to fragmented governance and piecemeal science.

Before IMPC, a model that brought together transdisciplinary research was lacking, and implications of human-driven and climate changes on Canada's water resources were not understood well. The idea for IMPC was introduced in 2017 by prominant researchers from 6 universities with input from 12 government agencies and 10 different user groups to address some of these issues. Our program was specifically designed to link diverse research disciplines and investigator-user communities to develop and integrate complex modelling capabilities for Canada's seven major river basins under four interconnected themes: 


Our Team

During 2018-19, a total of 54 highly qualified professionals, (10 MSc, 16 PhD, 17 Post-docs, 7 Research Associates, 5 Research Scientists, and 4 Visiting Scholars) contributed to IMPC and Core Modelling team goals under 15 investigators. Over the past year, this team has successfully produced 49 refereed papers, delivered 22 invited and 84 non-invited presentations, won 8 prestigious institutional, national and international awards, and has been actively engaged in more than 30 international collaboration and leadership roles. 

Dr. Saman Razavi 
Principal Investigator



Dr. Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt 
Co-Principal Investigator