UBC experts on flooding and extreme weather

Photo: Casey Horner / Unsplash

Photo: Casey Horner / Unsplash

UBC experts are available to comment on flooding and extreme weather, in light of a state of emergency in Kelowna and other parts of western Canada.

Climate science and natural disasters

Dr. Susan Day
Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management


  • Urban forests
  • Urban soils, stormwater, water relations, plant response to climate stress to climate stress

Dr. Simon Donner
Professor, Department of Geography

  •  Climate change science, extreme events and climate policy

Dr. Sean Fleming
Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Rivers, groundwater, flooding, water resources
  • Weather and climate impacts
  • Water and environmental management
  • Artificial intelligence, environmental prediction

Dr. Scott McDougall
Assistant Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Landslides
  • Landslide-generated waves/tsunamis
  • Shoreline erosion
  • Tailings dam breaches
  • Mine waste failures

Dr. Michael Pidwirny
Associate Professor, Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences (Okanagan campus)

  • Assessing and forecasting the impact of climate change
  • Adaptation to climate change

Dr. John Richardson
Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences

  • Effects of flooding and water supplies on streams and lakes, water quality and debris torrents
  • Effects of droughts on natural ecosystems
  • Impacts of excess water on slopes and floods
  • Urban impacts of drainage patterns and loss of natural stream networks in parts of the Lower Mainland

Dr. Hans Schreier
Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

  • Watersheds and watershed management
  • Flooding and water, urban stormwater

Dr. Stephen Sheppard
Professor Emeritus, Director of Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), and former Director of the Bachelor of Urban Forestry Program, Faculty of Forestry

  • Future climate change scenarios
  • Planning for local climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation
  • Engaging Canadians on what they can do to climate-proof homes and neighbourhoods

Crisis management and recovery

Dr. Nemy Banthia
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Senior Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Rehabilitation

  • Resilient concrete infrastructure and structural strengthening
  • Sensors for structural health monitoring and prediction of conditions that can cause structural collapse
  • Low carbon building materials and achieving carbon neutrality in infrastructure
  • 3D printing and additive manufacturing for rapid construction
  • Performance of buried infrastructure such as sewerage pipes

Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch
Associate Professor, School of Nursing

  • Special considerations for supporting older people and people with disabilities in the climate crisis

Dr. Roger Beckie
Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Groundwater flow and contamination due to flooding, and mitigation
  • Mine drainage
  • Construction dewatering

Dr. Cole Burton
Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management


  • Impact of extreme weather on wildlife

Dr. Jennifer Grenz
Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management

  • How extreme weather impacts food security, planning for impacts, Indigenous land healing initiatives

Dr. Trevor Heaver
Professor Emeritus, UBC Sauder School of Business

  • Supply chain disruption
  • Transportation business, transport policy, international shipping, ports, logistics

Dr. Philippe Le Billon
Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

  • Post-disaster reconstruction, political and economic dimensions, conflicts, corruption
  • Climate change mitigation perspectives and initiatives

Dr. Kh Md Nahiduzzaman
Visiting Professor, School of Engineering (Okanagan campus)

  • Flood non-structural mitigation
  • Flood resilience and inclusive governance

Dr. Dwayne Tannant
Professor, School of Engineering (Okanagan campus)

  • Geotechnical engineering, geohazards, rock support, rockfall mitigation, excavations in rock
  • Landslides and post-wildfire influences on debris flows
  • Remote sensing: drones, lidar, satellite

Alexa Tanner
PhD candidate, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

  • Risk perceptions, evacuation, decision making, multi-hazard risks and emergency management

Dr. Babak Tosarkani
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering (Okanagan campus)

  • Impact of extreme weather on supply chain

Dr. James Vercammen
Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

  • Potential impacts on agricultural commodity prices, food prices, agricultural markets, agricultural production risk

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