Water Innovation Connect Series #2: Planning for Alberta’s Water Future

As our climate changes, Alberta faces a new water future. Modelling can help us visualize what that future may look like, including frequency and impact of extremes like flood and drought. These model outputs can be used to inform risk assessments and help Albertans prepare for future conditions.


Presenter Bios

Monireh Faramarzi, University of Alberta, Adapting to Changing Water in Alberta

Dr. Monireh Faramarzi received her PhD from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ in 2010. Her PhD research addressed challenges on national water-food security issues, for which she developed hydrologic and agricultural models and received the best PhD Dissertation Medal from ETH Zurich, in 2011. She appointed as an Assistant Professor and Campus Alberta Innovates Chair in Watershed Science at the University of Alberta in 2016. She is currently leading the Watershed Science and Modelling Laboratory that involves development and application of environmental models to study human-water-land system.

Her research focus is to apply state-of-the-art data and advanced tools, such as eco-hydro(geo)logical models, in combination with stakeholder meetings to understand trade-offs and interactions between hydrological processes (such as vegetation growth, streamflow, floods, droughts, nutrients and chemical loads and transport in land-water systems) and socioeconomic decisions (such as production, trade and consumption of food, water, and energy under changing climate), across a range of temporal and spatial scales. To that end, her research contributes to the science of “water-food-energy and environment” nexus under an uncertain future in the Anthropocene.

Jeff Fetter, Associated Engineering, Drinking Water Infrastructure Risk and Vulnerability Study

Jeff has 24 years of consulting engineering experience following graduation from Civil Engineering at the U of A in 1995. He currently manages the Associated Engineering Water Division in Edmonton where he leads a team of engineers and technicians focused on municipal water solutions.  Jeff has had the opportunity to participate in infrastructure, water and wastewater projects for various municipalities throughout Alberta.  These projects range from master plan development, rehabilitation planning, design and construction of water treatment and regional water supply systems. 

Jeff recently assisted Alberta Innovates and Alberta Environment and Parks assessing drinking water systems across the Province for climate change vulnerability to future extreme streamflow events.  Jeff believes all infrastructure projects need to consider future climate risks and resiliency options, as he has first-hand experience supporting recovery efforts after events such as wildfires in Slave Lake and Fort McMurray, and flooding in High River and Fort McMurray.  

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Date & Time

Jul 29, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm