Speakers Series: Pillow Talk: Flow Forecasting for the Cowichan River, including new Snow Pillow Technology


Thursday, April 28, 7:00 pm
VIU Cowichan Campus, Room 140

WHO: David Campbell, Head, Ministry of Environment River Forecast Centre..

WHAT: High in the hills above Cowichan Lake, the amount of snow on the ground is of great interest to those who care about the Cowichan watershed, and particularly the impacts of summer drought. David Campbell is an expert in using this and other information to predict river levels. He will share the latest knowledge about Cowichan River flow expectations and he will explain “snow pillows” and what they can (and can’t) tell us about the year to come. He will tell us about the equipment that has been installed on Heather Mountain and some case studies from recent years. He will also look at some of the limitations of forecasting, particularly in the Cowichan Valley.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: David Campbell has spent nearly two decades working on rivers, large and small, in British Columbia and across Canada. His expertise includes fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, flood hazard, and the implications of climate change on river systems. He currently serves as the Head of the River Forecast Centre where he leads the provincial operational hydrology program responsible for seasonal water supply assessment, snow pack analysis, drought monitoring, and flood forecasting throughout BC.

Click here for the BC River Forecast Centre

Author: Jill Thompson
Type : Presentation