Volume 1, Number 4 (1974)
Conference Reports / Compte rendus de réunions

Field Course in Glacial Hydrology

P. J. Williams
Department of Geography, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

Published 1974-11-11

How to Cite

Williams, P. J. (1974). Field Course in Glacial Hydrology. Geoscience Canada, 1(4). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/GC/article/view/2878


Glaciology and glacial hydrology (the study of the melt waters from glaciers) have not received attention in Canada in proportion to the extent of the country's glaciers. By contrast, Scandinavia has a long tradition of scientific studies, greatly accelerated in recent years by the utilization of melt waters for hydroelectric production. The possibility of increased hydroelectric power production from glacial waters in Canada, and the environmental problems this might involve, motivated Carleton University's course in glacial hydrology. The course is given by Dr. Gunnar Ostrem who has been in charge of Norwegian glaciological studies in relation to that country's power production. The nature of the course given at Peyto Glacier is discussed, and questions of responsibility for providing expertise in a rapidly developing field are considered.