Barret Kurylyk

    Barret Kurylyk

    Post-doctoral fellow (Killam, NSERC, and Eyes High), University of Calgary, Department of Geoscience (Supervisor: Masaki Hayashi)

    Research Topic Subsurface hydrological processes in alpine and lowland permafrost environments

    My research is focused on subsurface heat transfer and hydrological processes in cold environments. In particular, I am using a finite element model of couple heat and water transfer to simulate the thawing of permafrost islands (peat plateaus) in a discontinuous permafrost region in southern Northwest Territories (Scotty Creek). I am also actively engaged in Dr. Hayashi’s alpine research programs in Lake O’Hara, BC and Helen Creek, AB. Our objective is to investigate how groundwater storage in these catchments may buffer streamflow and mitigate flooding during the spring freshet.

    Research Interests

    Heat as a hydrological tracer, climate change impacts groundwater recharge, climate change impacts on groundwater temperature, geothermal energy, heat transfer in permafrost, surface energy balance, cold regions hydrology, cryohydrogeology

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    List of Publications


    Kurylyk, B.L., M. Hayashi. Improved Stefan equation correction factors to accommodate soil sensible heat storage during freezing or thawing. Submitted to Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, February 18, 2015 (PPP-15-0015).


    Kurylyk, B.L. Discussion of: “A simple thaw-freeze algorithm for a multi-layered soil using the Stefan equation” by Xie and Gough, 2013. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, Accepted November 23, 2014, 21 pp.

    Kurylyk, B.L., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, D. Caissie, and J.M. McKenzie. 2014. Shallow groundwater thermal sensitivity to climate change and land cover disturbances: Derivation of analytical expressions and implications for stream temperature projections. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences Discussions, 11: 12573-12626 (In revision for HESS).

    Kurylyk, B.L., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, T. Linnansaari, R.A. Cunjak and R.A. Curry. 2014. Preserving, augmenting and creating cold-water thermal refugia in rivers: Concepts derived from the Miramichi River, New Brunswick (Canada). Ecohydrology, Published online, DOI:10.1002/eco.1566.

    Caissie, D., B.L. Kurylyk, A. St-Hilaire, N. El-Jabi and K.T.B. MacQuarrie. 2014. Streambed temperature dynamics and corresponding heat fluxes in small streams experiencing seasonal ice cover. Journal of Hydrology, 519: 1441-1452.

    Menberg, K., P. Blum, B.L. Kurylyk and P. Bayer. 2014. Observed groundwater temperature response to recent climate change. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18: 4453-4466.

    Kurylyk, B.L., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, and J.M. McKenzie. 2014. Climate change impacts on groundwater and soil temperatures in cold and temperate regions: Implications, mathematical theory, and emerging simulation tools. Earth-Science Reviews, 138: 313-334.

    Kurylyk, B.L., J.M. McKenzie, K.T.B. MacQuarrie and C.I. Voss. 2014. Analytical solutions for benchmarking cold regions subsurface water flow and energy transport models: one-dimensional soil thaw with conduction and advection. Advances in Water Resources, 70: 172-184.

    Kurylyk, B.L., K.T.B. MacQuarrie and C.I. Voss. 2014. Climate change impacts on the temperature and magnitude of groundwater discharge from shallow, unconfined aquifers. Water Resources Research, 50: 3253-3274.

    Kurylyk, B.L. and K.T.B. MacQuarrie. 2014. A new analytical solution for assessing projected climate change impacts on subsurface temperature. Hydrological Processes, 28: 3161-3172.

    Kurylyk, B.L. and K.T.B. MacQuarrie. 2013. The uncertainty associated with estimating future groundwater recharge: A summary of recent research and an example from a small unconfined aquifer in a northern climate. Journal of Hydrology, 492: 244-253.

    Kurylyk, B.L. and K. Watanabe. 2013. The mathematical representation of freezing and thawing processes in variably-saturated, non-deformable soils. Advances in Water Resources, 60:160-177. 

    Kurylyk, B.L., C.P.A. Bourque and K.T.B. MacQuarrie. 2013. Potential surface temperature and shallow groundwater temperature response to climate change: an example from a small forested catchment in east-central New Brunswick (Canada). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17:2701-2716.