Michael N. Demuth, P.Eng., P.Geo.

Glaciology/Cold Regions Research Scientist
Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to the quantification and understanding of Cryosphere-climate changes and their impacts on natural and human systems.

Research and/or project statements

  • Significance of glaciers and glacier changes to environmental flows and natural resource sectors
  • Glacier mass balance methods and understanding uncertainty
  • Observing system design, including multi-scale methods incorporating remote sensing platforms (satellite, aircraft, UAV and ground-based)
  • Snow and ice geophysics including nuclear and electromagnetic methods
  • Cold regions hydrology, river and lake-ice formation, decay and bearing capacity

Professional activities / interests

  • Chair: Canadian Glacier Committee   Canadian Geophysical Union Hydrology Section
  • Past President, Eastern Snow Conference
  • Currently, Thesis Supervisor/Advisor for two M.Sc. and one Ph.D. students as Research Fellow with the University of Saskatchewan, Centre for Hydrology and as Adjunct Professor with the University of Victoria, High Country and Northern Weather Impacts Laboratory
  • Registered Professional Engineer and Registered Professional Geoscientist in several Provinces

Education and awards

Citation of Excellence, Environment Canada – Peace-Athabasca Delta Technical Studies

Natural Resources Canada – Earth Science Sector – Geoscience contributions to the understanding of the Greater Nahanni Ecosystem, Nahanni National Park Reserve

NATO Scholarship – von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Rhode St. Genese, Belgium – Secondary Flows.

International experience and/or work

  • Canadian National Representative – World Glacier Monitoring Service
  • NRCan/ESS Lead, Chile-Canada Glaciology Collaborative
  • Contributing Author - Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report – Working Group 2: Impacts and Adaptation –-North America – Water Resources
  • Consulting Author – Arctic Council’s Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) - Cryosphere - Glaciers and Ice Sheets

Key publications

Demuth, M.N., D. Haggarty and P. Wilson, 2014. The glaciers of Nahanni National Park Reserve.  Chapter 16 in – Global Land Ice Measurements from Space. J.S. Kargel, G.L. Leonard, M.P. Bishop, A. Kääb and B. Raup editors.  Springer Praxis Books – Geophysical Sciences.  ISSN 1615-9748, ISBN 978-3-540-79817-0, ISBN 978-3-540-79818-7 (eBook), DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-79818-7

Demuth, M.N., 2013.  Lidar in Glaciology.  In -  Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers.  V.P. Singh, P. Singh and U.K. Haritashya editors.  p.713-722.  Springer-Verlag Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series.  ISBN: 978-90-481-2641-5, ISBN: 978-90-481-2642-2  (eBook)

Marshall, S.J., E.C. White, M.N. Demuth, T. Bolch, R. Wheate, B. Menounos, M.J. Beedle and J.M. Shea, 2013.  Glacier water resources on the eastern Slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Canadian Water Resources Journal.  36(2): 109-134.  DOI:10.4296/cwrj3602823

Sauchyn, D., M.N. Demuth and A. Pietroniro, 2009.  Upland watershed management and global change: Canada's Rocky Mountains and western plains.  Chapter 3 in - Managing Water Resources in a Time of Global Change - Mountains, Valleys and Floodplains, 49-66.  Garrido, A. and A. Dinar, Volume Editors, Contributions from the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, Henry Vaux Jr Series Editor. Routledge.

Spence, C., S. Hamilton, P. Whitfield, M.N. Demuth, D. Harvey, D. Hutchinson, B. Davison, T.B.M.J. Ouarda, J.G. Deveau, H. Goertz, J.W. Pomeroy and P. Marsh, 2009. Invited Commentary: A Framework for Integrated Research and Monitoring (FIRM), Canadian Water Resources Journal 34: 1-6.

Demuth, M.N., V. Pinard, A. Pietroniro, B. Luckman, C. Hopkinson, P. Dornes, and L. Comeau. 2008. Recent and past-century variations in the glacier resources of the Canadian Rocky Mountains: Nelson River system. In - Mountain glaciers and climate changes of the last century, Bonardi, L. (Ed.), Special Issue Terra Glacialis: 27-52.

Demuth, M.N., H-P. Marshall and E.M. Morris, 2007. High-resolution near-surface snow stratigraphy inferred from ground-based 8-18 GHz FMCW radar measurements: Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut, Canada 2005-06, CryoSat Validation Experiment.  Proc. of the 64th Eastern Snow Conference/CMOS/CGU, 9-16.

Demuth, M.N. and R. Keller, 2006.  An assessment of the mass balance of Peyto Glacier (1966 1995) and its relation to recent and past century climatic variability.  In   Peyto Glacier: One Century of Science, M.N. Demuth, D.S. Munro and G.J. Young (editors).  National Hydrology Research Institute Science Report #8, 83-132.

Hopkinson, C. and M.N. Demuth, 2006.  Using airborne lidar to assess the influence of glacier downwasting on water resources in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 32(2):212-222