Christopher Spence

Research Scientist - Hydrological Processes Research

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate by ensuring hydrological processes are understood so that aquatic ecosystems are conserved and protected, focusing on hydrology and hydrometeorology of Canada's cold regions.

Professional activities / interests

President, Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences

Chair, Canadian National Committee for the International Association for Hydrological Sciences Prediction in Ungauged Basins Initiative

Canadian Deputy Delegate to the Northern Research Basins Working Group

Education and awards

Ph.D. (Geography) McMaster University, 2003

Treasury Board of Canada Award of Excellence, 1996

Key publications

Laudon, H., C. Spence, J. Buttle, S.K. Carey, J.J. McDonnell, J. McNamara, C. Soulsby and D. Tetzlaff. 2017.  Save northern high-latitude catchments.  Nature Geoscience 10: 324-325.

Brannen, R., C. Spence and A. Ireson, 2015. Influence of shallow groundwater-surface water interactions on the hydrological connectivity and water budget of a wetland complex. Hydrological Processes 29: 3862-3877.

Spence, C., S.V. Kokelj, S.A. Kokelj, M. McKluskie and N. Hedstrom. 2015. Evidence of a change in water chemistry in Canada’s subarctic associated with enhanced winter streamflow. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences 120: 113-127.

Spence, C., P.D. Blanken, J.D. Lenters and N. Hedstrom. 2013.  Spring and Autumn Atmospheric Conditions Are a Major Factor in the Evaporation Regime of Lake Superior. Journal of Hydrometeorology 14: 1647-1658.



Research facility

11 Innovation Blvd.
Saskatoon, SK S7N 3H5


Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography University of Saskatchewan