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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Water prescriptions for a dry land - how the West can prepare for drought


John Pomeroy, University of Saskatchewan

With large parts of Western Canada facing the driest conditions in decades, the public is increasingly turning to scientists for answers. For hydrologist John Pomeroy, sleepwalking to disaster is not an option. Pomeroy has been at the forefront of studies that underline the fragility of Western water resources. He will point to ways that improvements in land management and water measurement and modeling can help stabilize water supplies and reduce the vulnerability of Western farmers and cities to droughts, water shortages and floods.

John Pomeroy is the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change and Director of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan. Many of his more than 200 publications, including nine books, focus on water in cold climate environments. He serves as President of the International Commission on Snow and Ice Hydrology and Chair of the International Hydrological Decade on Prediction in Ungauged Basins, and he was until recently President of the Canadian Geophysical Union. He leads or co-leads two major water projects: one to predict changes in Rocky Mountain snow and water supplies, the other to understand and predict prairie droughts. Dr. Pomeroy is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday May 27, 2010 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $20
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Tuesday May 25, 2010