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Alain Pietroniro

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Executive Director for the National Hydrological Service within the Meteorological Service of Canada

Dr. Pietroniro is currently the Executive director for the National Hydrological Service within the Meteorological Service of Canada which includes managing the Water Survey of Canada.  Current duties include managing the operation of the WSC which include over 2300 hydrometric stations and 11 agreements with the provinces and territories.  It also includes dissemination and engineering services relate to both the hydrometric and water management and governance programs of the MSC.  Dr. Pietroniro also oversees the water cycle prediction program within the MSC.  This national program is dedicated to advancing operational modeling systems for use in water management within federal jurisdictions’ and for collaborative works with provincial water managers.  He has overseen model development and annual work planning in this program including leading or managing work related to hydraulic modeling, coupled numerical weather modeling and development of a space-based hydrology plan.   For the first 15 years of his career.  Dr. Pietroniro served as a research scientists and hydrologists.   He was and is still located at the National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon.  Dr. Pietroniro’s research focus has been on implementing and design hydrologic models and model components for applications development within the department. He has been involved with coupled atmospheric-hydrological modeling for climate change and land-use change assessments on major drainage basins in Canada as well as couple numerical weather prediction models for flood forecasting and extreme event analysis. Other projects included improving glacier runoff modeling using remote sensing, dissolved oxygen modeling in ice covered rivers, and improved hydrologic modeling of permafrost basins and a major research focus on environmental remote sensing.   Dr. Pietroniro has published over 70 refereed scientific journal, 100 conference or proceedings articles along with over 50 published abstracts. He has also edited or published chapters in numerous proceeding and textbooks (14 in all) including workshop proceeding on applications of geomatics in hydrology and 2 book chapters on surface water remote sensing.  Dr. Pietroniro currently sits on numerous graduate student advisory committees at the University of Saskatchewan as an adjunct professor in Civil Engineering.