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John Pomeroy Director, Global Water Futures

Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change and Director of the Centre for Hydrology.


Dr John Pomeroy is the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change (Tier 1), Distinguished Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan, an Honorary Professor of the Centre for Glaciology, Aberystwyth University, Wales, a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and an Institute Professor for the Biogeoscience Institute of the University of Calgary. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Royal Geographical Society.

He serves, or has served as

  • Director, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan, 2004-
  • Director, Coldwater Laboratory, Kananaskis, AB, University of Saskatchewan, 2009-
  • 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 authored over 250 research articles, reports and books, 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.

His current research interests are in physical hydrology emphasizing cold regions processes, watershed modeling, snow, forests, mountains, prairies, arctic, hydrometeorology, hydrochemistry, ecohydrology and instrumentation.