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About Me

My research interests are in snow and ice hydrology and especially in the measurement of snow and ice from Earth observing remote sensing instruments. This research focuses on the use of active and passive remote sensing instruments to estimate global water storage in seasonal snowpacks. I am also interested in how in situ measurement strategies can be deployed to support remote sensing observations and numerical hydrologic models of snow. I have conducted field work in several parts of the world (N. America, Europe and Asia) to support these activities.

My research interests relate to substantial questions concerning how the cryosphere is responding to global environmental change. 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 the cryosphere, therefore, are critical to help better understand changes to the cryosphere and more efficiently manage snow dominated water resource.

Appointment History

2010-present Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada.

2006-2010 Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada.

2000-2005 Associate Research Scientist & Faculty Group Leader, Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA.

1994-2002 Lecturer in Physical Geography, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.

Curriculum Vitae

snow shoesIf you want to find out what I have been up to, check out my CV which can be downloaded as an Adobe PDF here (click here to access the free Acrobat Reader). Click the snow shoes to get a copy.

Website Updated: 13 May, 2013

Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men - above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.    - Albert Einstein