John Pomeroy


Centre for Hydrology


University of Saskatchewan

john.pomeroy [at]


Kirk Hall
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8

Brief Biography

Dr. John Pomeroy joined the Center of Glaciology in January 2000. He previously served for 10 years as a Research Scientist and Project Leader with the National Hydrology Research Institute of Environment Canada and an Adjunct Professor with the Division of Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan, both in Saskatoon, Canada. Current research interests involve blizzards, snow hydrology, snow ecology, snow chemistry, arctic hydrology and climate change. John's research emphasis is to improve the understanding and description of the principals underlying mass, energy, and chemical exchange between the atmosphere, cryosphere and hydrosphere with high latitude and altitude catchments.

Before returning to Canada, John was a Research Hydrologist with the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station in Laramie, Wyoming, USA. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Geography in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering in 1988, both from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. In 1998, he was a Guest Scientist at the Shinjo Branch of Snow and Ice Studies, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention in Japan. In 1988-89 he was a NATO Science Fellow at the School for Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England.

John's accomplishments include awards for scientific research from NATO, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Eastern Snow Conference, and Environment Canada. Besides numerous papers, he has also authored a book with Professor D.M. Gray, Snowcover Accumulation, Relocation, and Management, and has both edited and contributed to the books, Wolf Creek Research Basin: Hydrology, Ecology, Environment and Snow Ecology.

He is interested in the Speakers' program to meet other arctic researchers and to educate different groups about snow. He has previous experience conducting lectures to general university audiences (Canada, UK, Sweden, and Japan) as well as TV interviews.

He is interested in talking to school audiences (K-12), academic audiences, graduate seminars and the general public.

His lecture topics include:

Arctic snow cover

Effects of Northern land use change on water supply

Physics of snow ecology

Due to fieldwork and teaching, he is generally not available April May or October-November.

Science Specialties

snow, hydrology, cryosphere

Current Research

Cold regions hydrology. Snow accumulation and ablation processes. . Cryosphere-atmosphere interactions. Modeling snow processes. Blowing snow. Intercepted snow. Snowmelt.