Water focus of next science speaker series

Canadians should expect the unexpected when it comes to the changing winter climate...

Canadians should expect the unexpected when it comes to the changing winter climate, warns the United Nations Water for Life Decade chairperson.

“We are entering a period in which water is going to do things we haven’t seen it do before,” said Bob Sandford, who will be speaking at the Vernon Okanagan College Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Science in Society Speaker Series.

The series is a joint project by the Okanagan Science Centre and Okanagan College.

Tickets for the event are available in advance for $7 at the Okanagan Science Centre, or $10 at the door.

In this presentation, entitled, The Snows of Yesterday and the Future Climate of the Canadian West, Sandford will illustrate what is happening to the snowpack, snow cover and glacial ice and what changes in upland hydrology may mean in terms of downstream water supply and quality in the future.

The loss of stable snowpack and glacial ice “will affect water supply throughout the Canadian West with significant implications for everyone downstream,” said Sandford.

Sandford is the director of the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative and an associate of the Centre for Hydrology, which is part of the Global Water Institute at the University of Saskatchewan.

In 2011, the Interaction Council invited Sandford to be an advisor on water issues.

For advanced tickets and more information, go to www.okscience.ca or call 250-545-3644.