Perspectives Newsletter Fall 2022
Vol. 46, no.3 / Posted on December 22, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

It’s time to wrap up 2022 and reflect on our achievements. I am sure, each one of us has achieved something during the year that we are proud of and that makes a difference in our professional and personal life. This is the time to say thanks to our colleagues, family and friends for their continued support during the year.

I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!

Pradeep Kumar Goel, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Ontario Regional Director

An Important Initiative

Hugh Fraser, P.Eng. is a director with Ontario Barn Preservation (OBP), formed in 2019. OBP is a not-for-profit dedicated to preserving, documenting and promoting Ontario barns. Partnering with the University of Guelph, Hugh is leading an initiative to document as many old barns as possible in an online database populated by barn owners themselves. The online study shows owners how to measure and document their barns through a series of drop-down menus and helpful schematics and photos of things to look for in their barns. This information will provide researchers with data about pioneer life, encourage interest in the historical and architectural importance of old barns to the rural fabric, and help preserve old barns in the virtual world long after they are no longer standing.

Research Achievements

Watershed Modeling Research Team at University of Guelph:

Team members:

Ramesh Rudra, Professor; Prasad Daggupati, Associate Professor; Pradeep Goel, Adjunct Professor; Asim Biswas, Associate Professor; Rituraj Shukla, Postdoctoral Researcher; Jaskaran Dhiman, Postdoctoral Researcher; Pranesh Kumar Paul, Postdoctoral Researcher; Manpreet Kaur, Graduate Student; Amanpreet Kaur, Graduate Student;Avneet Singh, Graduate Student

Research Highlights:

The Watershed modeling research team at University of Guelph is working various projects funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP), Ontario Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Environment Climate Change Canada (ECCC), National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and various local, provincial and federal funded projects. Several outcomes such as PhD/Masters Thesis and publications have generated in the last few months. See below for details.

Masters/PhD thesis:

  • Amanpreet Kaur (MASc): Impact of channel geometry parameters and reservoirs on streamflow and water quality modeling
  • Avneet Singh (M.ENG): Bibliometric analysis of Lake Erie and its watersheds
  • Waqar Ashiq (PhD): Topographical Controls on N2O Emissions from Agricultural Fields

List of publications:

  • A Goswami, PK Paul, R Rudra, PK Goel, P Daggupati, 2023. Evaluation of statistical models: Perspective of water quality load estimation. Journal of Hydrology 616, 128721                  
  • E Philip, RP Rudra, PK Goel, SI Ahmed, 2022. Investigation of the Long-Term Trends in the Streamflow Due to Climate Change and Urbanization for a Great Lakes Watershed. Atmosphere 13 (2), 225
  • H Mohebzadeh, A Biswas, R Rudra, P Daggupati, 2022. Machine Learning Techniques for Gully Erosion Susceptibility Mapping: A Review. Geosciences 12 (12), 429           
  • ME Fraker, NR Aloysius, JF Martin, SC Keitzer, DA Dippold, H Yen, JG Arnold, P Daggupati et al., 2022. Agricultural conservation practices could help offset climate change impacts on cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Journal of Great Lakes Research (In press)
  • R Shukla, I Tiwari, D Khare, RP Rudra, 2022. Integrated water resources management in Sikta irrigation system, Nepal. Advances in Remediation Techniques for Polluted Soils and Groundwater, 337-359.
  • RP Rudra, T Dickinson, J Dhiman, S Manzoor, P Goel, R Shukla, 2022. Exceedance Probability Model for Predicting the Frequency of Frost-Free Days. Journal of the ASABE 65 (6), 1249-1256
  • SI Ahmed, R Rudra, P Goel, A Amili, T Dickinson, K Singh, A Khan, 2022. Change in Winter Precipitation Regime across Ontario, Canada. Hydrology 9 (5), 81 
  • SI Ahmed, R Rudra, P Goel, A Khan, B Gharabaghi, R Sharma, 2022. A Comparative Evaluation of Using Rain Gauge and NEXRAD Radar-Estimated Rainfall Data for Simulating Streamflow. Hydrology 9 (8), 133        
  • U Ghimire, T Akhtar, NK Shrestha, PK Paul, C Schürz, R Srinivasan, P Daggupati, 2022. A Long-term Global Comparison of IMERG and CFSR with Surface Precipitation Stations. Water Resources Management 36 (14), 5695-5709
  • Scholarly Presentations and Conference Proceedings:
  • A Kaur, PK Paul, P Daggupati, R Rudra, PK Goel, 2022. Impact of channel geometry parameters and reservoirs on streamflow and water quality modeling. Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) conference, 2022, July 11-15, 2022, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
  • PK Paul, J Dhiman, P Daggupati, R Rudra, PK Goel, 2022. Large Scale Hydrological Modelling: Dilemma of Definition. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting, July 17-20, 2022, Marriott Marquis Houston, Texas, USA.
  • PK Paul, P Daggupati, R Rudra, PK Goel, 2022. Long Term Trends of Phosphorous and Sediment Loads in Streams in the Great Lake Basin. Canadian Society for Bioengineering, Annual General Meeting, July 24-27, 2022, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada.

Special Coverage in the University of Guelph Newsletters
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