Geoscience BC Report 2013-19

Examining Present and Future Water Resources for the Kiskatinaw River Watershed, British Columbia
by Jueyi Sui, Jianbing Li, Gopal Saha, Faye Hirshfield and Siddhartho Paul (University of Northern British Columbia)

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Geoscience BC Report 2013-19 is a collection of interrelated research projects undertaken at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) as part of the Kiskatinaw Watershed Research Project. This project was incorporated into Geoscience BC's Montney Water Project because of the importance of the Kiskatinaw River Watershed (KRW) as a water source for natural gas development and the requirement for a better understanding of the water availability and quality in the region to effectively balance the needs of industrial water users with local water users.

The main objective of the study was to quantify current and future available water quantity and quality in the KRW. This was achieved by several means, including: selecting and calibrating a hydrologic model for the KRW; analyzing land use and land cover change in the KRW; and modeling the impacts of future climate change on groundwater-surface water interaction and baseflow quantification in the KRW. In total, two Ph.D. research projects and one M.Sc. research project were produced in this study.

Northern BC communities depend on the available water resources for drinking water supply and other activities. For sustainable water resources management, it is crucial to balance water utilization from various stakeholders against available water resources at the watershed level. The research undertaken here comprehensively examines the water resources issues in the KRW through field studies and numerical model developments, which will help the oil and gas industry better plan its natural gas exploration activities. Knowing the variations of water quantity and quality under different land-use and climate change scenarios will aid in minimizing the effect of natural gas development on water resources in the KRW.

Research Projects
M.Sc.Thesis - S. S. Paul
Analysis of land use and land cover change in Kiskatinaw River Watershed : a remote sensing, GIS & modeling approach - University of Northern British Columbia, 2013

Paul, S.S. (2013): Examining Present and Future Water Resources for the Kiskatinaw River Watershed, British Columbia (Land Use-Land Cover Change Analysis in Kiskatinaw River Watershed; M.Sc. Thesis, University of Northern BC, 56 p.

Ph.D.Thesis - F. Hirshfield

Hirshfield, F. (2013): Kiskatinaw River surface water monitoring network: A summary of methodology and rating curve development; Ph.D. Thesis, University of Northern BC, 153 p.

Ph.D.Thesis - G.C. Saha

Saha, G.C. (2013): Examining Present and Future Water Resources for the Kiskatinaw River Watershed, British Columbia (Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions and Surface Water); Ph.D. Thesis, University of Northern BC, 134p.

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