River Hydrometry/Hydrology & Geomorphology

Course Description

Hydrology and geomorphology are essential components of a large number of ecological processes in rivers and estuaries. Understanding the components of a hydrological budget, water quality and channel-forming processes is helpful in the study of chemical/biological interactions in aquatic ecosystems. The modernization of monitoring tools has allowed most water resources managers to distance themselves from data acquisition. However, understanding the requirements of appropriate measurement techniques for discharge, rainfall, water quality and sediments remains essential to appreciate the uncertainty of data that are available. The emphasis of this course is on field techniques.

Learning Objectives

  • A brief introduction to the water cycle and hydrological budget.
  • An introduction to the dynamic equilibrium of rivers.
  • Familiarization with different flow measurement techniques.
  • Construction of flow rating curves.
  • Introduction to meteorological and water temperature measurements.
  • Introduction to sediment sampling in rivers.


Course Instructors

Dr. André St-Hilaire

Dr. St-Hilaire is a Professor in environmental hydrology at INRS, University of Québec and a CRI Science Director. Over the last 18 years, his research has focused on topics related to environmental flows, including hydrological and water temperature modelling and the development of aquatic habitat models. He was a member of the panel of experts selected by DFO to conduct a review of approaches and methods to assess e-flows across Canada. He led a major project to identify relevant low flow indices for Atlantic Canada and was the only Canadian member of an international group of researchers who developed the Sustainable Management of Hydrological Alterations (SUMHA) framework. He is also a past president of the Canadian Water Resources Association and one of only two water professionals sitting on the National Advisory Panel to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on land and freshwater conservation in Canada.

Dr. Normand Bergeron

Dr. Bergeron is a Professor in fluvial geomorphology at INRS, University of Québec and a CRI Associate. His expertise is in fluvial geomorphology and fish habitat. His research is focused on using geomatics and fish telemetry for river habitat modelling, sediment transport, and the effect of anthropogenic disturbances on rivers and fish habitat.


Course Fee
CRI/INRS Students $600 (+HST)
Student/NGO/Indigenous People $700 (+HST)
Professionals $900 (+HST)
Course Schedule
Dates Location Register Deadline
July 3-5, 2018 INRS Field Station Sacré-Coeur, Québec Register June 19, 2018






*Course fee includes meals and 4 nights accommodation at
the field station