Flood Experts Gather in Winnipeg to Share Research

By David Klassen


Flooding may not be on the mind of most Manitobans this time of year, but for more than 130 water resource professionals in Winnipeg this week, the topic was front and centre.

Flood-forecasting delegates gathered for the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) workshop, where leading experts from various fields came together to describe past forecasting methodologies and to share their latest research.

The workshop provided a stage on which to discuss and clarify the complexities that surround the physical processes responsible for extreme runoff events.

“Flood forecasting is one of the most complex and poorly understood disciplines in the fields of hydrology and water management,” said Rick Ross, executive director of CWRA. “Sharing expertise and having interactive discussion on flood forecasting methods contributes to greater preparedness in the future.”

Manitoba is expected to release its preliminary spring flood outlook later this month.