Ming-ko Woo


School of Geography and Earth Sciences


McMaster University

woo [at] mcmaster.ca


General Science Building
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

Brief Biography

Dr. Woo has worked in the Arctic for 30 years and is a professor in the School of Geography and Geology at McMaster University in Canada. His primary research interests are in snow and ice, permafrost hydrology, statistical hydrology, and modeling. Dr. Woo currently leads theMackenzie GEWEX (Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment) Study that investigates the cold climate processes, including the modeling of large-scale atmospheric-hydrologic phenomena in the cold region. Dr. Woo is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and of the Arctic Institute of North America. He is on the editorial board of several journals including Nordic Hydrology, Physical Geography, Canadian Geographer, and Geographie physique et Quaternaire. In addition, Dr. Woo has published over 150 articles in refereed journals and over 100 other papers and reports in hydrology, earth sciences, geography, and other fields.

Dr. Woo is available to participate in the Arctic Visiting Speakers' Series from 15-30 June 2005 and is interested in speaking to academic audiences and at graduate seminars.

Representative lecture titles include:

hydrology and hydroclimatology of snow

climate change and northern hydrology

water and climate in Canada's vast Mackenzie region

roles of organic soils in permafrost hydrology

Dr. Woo would like the opportunity to discuss scientific issues of common interest and hopes that sharing information will lead to a mutually improved understanding of the arctic environment.

Science Specialties

hydrology, snow, permafrost

Current Research

Permafrost hydrology. Snow. Wetland hydrology.