Workshop on "Extreme Weather and Hydrology - Lessons Learned from the Western Canadian Floods of 2013 and Others"

(Grande Rockies Resort, Canmore, AB, February 11-12, 2014)

A two-day workshop, attended by nearly 50 people representing 12 different Canadian and U.S. agencies in addition to the CCRN partner universities, was held 11-12 February 2014 in Canmore, AB to evaluate, analyze and synthesize a case study of extreme weather and hydrology with a focus on the Western Canada Floods of 2013. The Workshop first compiled a hydrometeorological diagnosis of the June 2013 floods in Western Canada and then related this to broader atmospheric and hydrological dynamics and change and to extreme hydrometeorological events in North America.  It synthesized descriptions of hydrometeorological processes and statistical properties, hydrological and atmospheric modelling and water management implications as they relate to the Western Canadian Flood of 2013 and related events.

A public forum also took place on the evening of 12 February at the Canmore Collegiate High School, including a talk by Dr. Roy Rasmussen of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research on the September 2013 Colorado flooding event, followed by an expert panel open discussion.