Dr. Yonas B. Dibike (P.Eng.)

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Research Scientist

Hydrologic Modelling & Hydro-Climate Analysis and Impact Studies

Current research and/or projects

Contribute to some of ECCC's priority program areas, specifically in the area of Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) and the Oil-Sands Monitoring and Research Program (OSMP)

Research and/or project statements

Hydrological, hydrodynamic and transport modeling including watershed scale hydro-climate analysis and impact studies

  • Analysis and modeling of the impacts of climate variability and change on hydrology and water resources in western Canada
  • Hydrological modeling of the Assiniboine River basin for improve understanding and prediction of nutrient dynamics
  • Hydrological modeling of the Athabasca River basin to study projected changes in water availability in the region
  • Hydrodynamic and transport modeling of the lower Athabasca river system for water quality analysis
  • Modelling the implications of Oil-Sands tailings releases on the water quality of the lower Athabasca river

Professional activities / interests

Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO)

Member of the editorial board of Climate - an international open access journal

Manuscript Reviewer - Journal of Hydrology, Hydrological Processes, Journal of Hydroinformatics, Canadian Water Resources Journal

Education and awards

NSERC Industrial Research Fellow (Hydro-Quebec / Ouranos)

Postdoctoral Fellow (McMaster University)

Ph.D. Hydroinformatics, Delft University of Techniology, The Netherlands

International experience and/or work

Contribute to the international collaborative project commissioned by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) that has produced the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis (AFS)

Key publications

Dibike, Y., Shrestha, R.R., Johnson, C., Bonsal, B. and Coulibaly, P. 2021. Assessing Climatic Drivers of Spring Mean and Annual Maximum Flows in Western Canadian River Basins. Water, 13(12), p.1617.

Dibike, Y.,  J. Hartmann, L. de Rham, S. Beltaos, D.L. Peters, B. Bonsal. 2021. Exploratory Data Analysis of Ice-Related Variables in the Canadian River Ice Database and their Correlations with Seasonal Temperature, Proceedings of thr 21st CRIPE Workshop (virtual) on the Hydraulics of Ice Covered Rivers, August 29 - September 01, 2021 

Ahmed, R., Prowse, T., Dibike, Y. and Bonsal, B. Effects of Climatic Drivers and Teleconnections on Late 20th Century Trends in Spring Freshet of Four Major Arctic-Draining Rivers. Water, 13(2), p.179.

Dibike, Y., Muhammad, A., Shrestha, R.R., Spence, C., Bonsal, B., de Rham, L., Rowley, J., Evenson, G. and Stadnyk, T. 2020. Application of dynamic contributing area for modelling the hydrologic response of the Assiniboine River Basin to a changing climate. Journal of Great Lakes Research.

Bonsal, B., Shrestha, R.R., Dibike, Y., Peters, D.L., Spence, C., Mudryk, L. and Yang, D., 2020. Western Canadian Freshwater Availability: Current and Future Vulnerabilities. Environmental Reviews, (ja).

de Rham, L., Dibike, Y., Beltaos, S., Peters, D., Bonsal, B. and Prowse, T. 2020. A Canadian River Ice Database from National Hydrometric Program Archives. Earth System Science Data, pp.1-43.

Ahmed, R., Prowse, T., Dibike, Y., Bonsal, B. and O'Neil, H. 2020. Recent Trends in Freshwater Influx to the Arctic Ocean from Four Major Arctic-Draining Rivers. Water, 12(4), p.1189.

Eum, H.I., Gupta, A. and Dibike, Y. 2020. Effects of univariate and multivariate statistical downscaling methods on climatic and hydrologic indicators for Alberta, Canada. Journal of Hydrology, p.125065.

Dibike, Y., Eum, H.I., Coulibaly, P. and Hartmann, J. 2019. Projected Changes in the Frequency of Peak Flows along the Athabasca River: Sensitivity of Results to Statistical Methods of Analysis. Climate, 7(7), p.8.

Mahdi, A., A. Shakibaeinia, Y. Dibike. 2019. Numerical modelling of oil-sands tailings dam breach runout and overland flow. Science of the Total Environment, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv. 2019.134568.

Dibike, Y., Eum, H.I. and Prowse, T. 2018. Modelling the Athabasca watershed snow response to a changing climate. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 15, pp.134-148.  

Dibike, Y.,  A. Shakibaeini, H-I. Eum, T. Prowse, I. Dropo. 2018. Effects of projected climate on the hydrodynamic and sediment transport regime of the lower Athabasca River in Alberta, Canada. River Research and Application, 34, pp.417-429. 

Dibike, Y., A. Shakibaeini, I. Dropo, E. Caron. 2018. Modelling the Potential Effects of Oil-Sands Tailings Pond Breach on the Water and Sediment Quality of the Lower Athabasca River,  Science of the Total Environment, 642, pp. 1263-1281. 

Dibike, Y., Prowse, T., Bonsal, B. and O'Neil, H. 2017. Implications of future climate on water availability in the western Canadian river basins. Int. J. Climatol., 37: 3247–3263. doi:10.1002/joc.4912

Shakibaeini, A., Y. Dibike, S. Kashyap, T. Prowse, I. Dropo.  2017. A numerical framework for modelling sediment and chemical constituent transport in the lower Athabasca River, Journal of Soils and Sediments 17 (4), 1140-1159

Eum, H-I, Dibike, Y., Prowse, T. 2017. Climate-Induced Alteration of Hydrologic Indicators in the Athabasca River Basin, Alberta, Canada, Journal of Hydrology 544, 327-312.

Kashyap, S,  Y. Dibike,  A. Shakibaeini,  T. Prowse, I. Dropo. 2017. Two-dimensional Numerical Modelling of Sediment and Chemical Constituent Transport within the Lower Reaches of the Athabasca River, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24 (3), 2286-2303

Eum, H-I, Dibike, Y., Prowse, T. 2016. Comparative evaluation of the effects of climate and land-cover changes on hydrologic responses of the Muskeg River, Alberta, Canada, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 8, 198 – 221.

Shakibaeini, A., S. Kashyap, Y. Dibike, T. Prowse. 2016. An integrated numerical framework for water quality modelling in cold-region river: a case of the lower Athabasca River, Science of the Total Environment 569, 634-646.

Eum, H-I, Dibike, Y., Prowse, T. 2014. Uncertainty in Modelling the Hydrologic Responses of a Large Watershed: A case of the Athabasca River Basin in Canada. CGU-HS special issue in Hydrologic Processes. 28(14):4272-4293, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10230

Eum, H-I, Dibike, Y., Prowse, T., Bonsal, B. 2014. Intercomparison of high-resolution gridded climate data sets and their implication on hydrological model simulation over the Athabasca Watershed in Canada. CGU-HS special issue in Hydrologic Processes. 28(14):4250-4271, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10236

Dibike, Y., T. Prowse, R. Shrestha and R. Ahmed. 2012. Observed Trends and Future Projections of Precipitation and Air Temperature in the Lake Winnipeg Watershed. Journal of Great Lakes Research, Special Issue: Lake Winnipeg - The Forgotten Great Lake. 38:72-82.

Shrestha, R.R., Y.B. Dibike and T.D. Prowse. 2012. Modelling of climate-induced hydrologic changes in the Lake Winnipeg Watershed.Journal of Great Lakes Research, Special Issue: Lake Winnipeg, The Forgotten Great Lake. 38:83-94

Shrestha, R.R., Y.B. Dibike and T.D. Prowse. 2012. Modelling climate change impacts on hydrology and nutrient loading in the upper Assiniboine Catchment. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 48(1):74-89

Dibike, Y., T. Prowse, B. Bonsal, L. de Rham and T. Saloranta. 2012. Simulation of North American Lake-ice Cover Characteristics under Contemporary and Future Climate Conditions. International Journal of Climatology. 32:695-709

Dibike, Y.B., Prowse, T., Saloranta, T. and Ahmed R. (2011) Response of Northern Hemisphere Lake-Ice Cover and Lake-Water Thermal Structure Patterns to a Changing Climate, Hydrological Processes, doi:10.1002/hyp.8068

Dibike, Y.B., P. Gachon, A. St-Hilaire, T.B.M.J. Ouarda and V.T.-V. Nguyen. 2008. Uncertainty analysis of statistically downscaled temperature and precipitation regimes in Northern Canada. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. 91(1-4):149-170.

Dibike, Y.B. and P. Coulibaly. 2007. Validation of Hydrologic Models for Climate Scenario Simulation: The Case of Saguenay Watershed in Québec. Hydrological Processes. 21(23):3123-3135.

Dibike, Y.B. and P. Coulibaly. 2005. Hydrologic Impact of Climate Change in the Saguenay Watershed: Comparison of Downscaling Methods and Hydrologic Models. Journal of Hydrology. 307(1-4):145-163.

Research facility

University of Victoria, PO BOX 3060 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4


Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, University of Victoria and Department of Civil Engineering, McMaster University