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Philip Marsh
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Cold Regions Water Science
Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Philip Marsh obtained his B.A. at York University in Geography, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at McMaster University studying the hydrology of the Canadian Arctic Islands. He was a Research Scientist at Environment Canada's National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon from 1983 until 2013. In 2013 he was appointed Professor and Canada Research Chair in Cold Regions Water Science at Wilfrid Laurier in Waterloo, Ontario. He is also a member of the Cold Regions Research Centre and The Taiga Plains Research Network at Laurier. Over the last few decades, Dr. Marsh's research has concentrated entirely on the hydrology of the Canadian Arctic, with a focus on snow, ice and permafrost, and the role of these in controlling the hydrology of headwater basins (both in the western Arctic and the Arctic Islands) and the hydrology of arctic deltas. He has taken on leadership roles in various national and international research programs and scientific societies, and has led various research investigations in the Canadian Arctic. Studies of the hydrology of upland watersheds in the western Canadian Arctic have contributed to the Mackenzie GEWEX Study, Improved Processes, Paramaterization, and Prediction in Cold Regions, and Program for Energy R&D. Currently this research program is considering the interactions between changes in shrubs across the arctic tundra and snow, permafrost and runoff. A key aspect of this research is the testing and improving of hydrological models for predicting future changes in hydrology and water resources. Dr. Marsh has also considered the role of a warming climate on the catastrophic drainage of permafrost controlled lakes in the western arctic. Research has also considered the links between climate, hydrology, permafrost, ecology, and storm surges and rising sea level on the Mackenzie Delta. Results from these studies have resulted in well over 100 articles in the peer reviewed literature.


Project Leader

The Arctic Snowcover: Sensitivity, Change, and Impacts on Terrestrial Systems, Water Resources and Communities

Primary Address

Wilfrid Laurier University
Geography and Environmental Studies
75 University Ave
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5