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Sept. 6, 2018

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Wilfrid Laurier University’s Cold Regions Research Centre (CRRC) is accepting student registrations for GG499V: Cold Regions Eco-Hydrology, an intensive, senior-level field course that examines the physical principles of cold regions eco-hydrology and water resources. The course will run Feb. 9-16, 2019 at Sambaa K’e First Nation, a remote community in the traditional land of the Dene people located on the eastern shore of Trout Lake, Northwest Territories. The community offers unparalleled access to a wide range of boreal environments and one of the largest lakes in the territory.

“This course provides a unique opportunity for students from southern Canada to collaborate closely with Indigenous students and elders in Canada's North,” says Bill Quinton, CRRC director and associate professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Laurier. “Students will look at an issue of global importance, co-develop new knowledge on climate warming, and develop new perspectives and respect for different ways of knowing.”

The class, limited to 14 students, will be led by Quinton, who has studied Canada’s cold regions for more than 20 years.

An experiential learning opportunity, GG499V aims to explain:

  • The physical principles and processes that govern cold regions eco-hydrology, with special reference to Canadian winter conditions.
  • Mass and energy balance calculations and their application in eco-hydrology.
  • Linkages and feedbacks among hydrology, ecology and biogeochemistry.

More information about the course outline, student assessment, and additional fees can be found under Fieldwork on the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies student website.

GG499V is open to Laurier and non-Laurier students. Non-Laurier students may register for the course but will need to complete a “letter of permission form” provided by their home university. The home university of non-Laurier students will provide more information about the credit transfer process.

After registering, interested students must email a 500-word letter outlining their interest in the course to Quinton with a copy of their academic transcript by Oct. 1, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by Oct. 15 with additional course details.

Registration questions may be directed to Susan Lankowski at


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