Sharon A. Stone

Science Advisor and Researcher - Hazards, extreme events and climate for infrastructure design

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to provide Canadian decision and policy makers with information for achieving sustainability today and in the future

  • Promotes and facilitates adaptation to atmospheric climate change and variability
  • Assists in identifying the need for other response options (e.g., mitigation when impacts and/or adaptation response are deemed unacceptable or insufficient).
  • Extreme events: wind and droughts
  • Historical trends and variability in Canadian climate
  • Canadian Atmospheric Hazards Network (CAHN), Canadian Drought Alert and Monitoring Program (CDAMP)

Professional activities / interests

Establishing linkages between the scientific and policy communities to foster the delivery of relevant scientific advice to support decision-making

Education and awards

Certificate of Meteorology, York University

B.Sc. (Hon.) Atmospheric Science, York University

Key publications

Auld, H., N. Comer and S. Fernandez. 2010. TECHNICAL GUIDE Infrastructure in permafrost: A guideline for climate change adaptation. Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Special Publication, Chapter 5 (PLUS 4011-10). P. 41-53.

Auld, H.,  E. Paixao, and S. Fernandez, 2010. TECHNICAL GUIDE Development, Interpretation and Use of Rainfall Intensity-Duration-Frequency Information: Guideline for Canadian Water Resources Practitioners. Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Special Publication, Chapter 2 (PLUS 4011-10).  P. 6-23 and Appendix 2.

MacIver, D. and S. Fernandez, 2010. The Do-It-Yourself Drought Alert and Water Conservation Tool. Municipal World, 120(3): 17-18.

Fernandez, S., M. MacIver, C. Comer, B. Wang, K. Klaassen and H. Auld. 2009. Canadian Drought Alert and Monitoring Program (CDAMP). Poster presentation at the 23rd Conference on Hydrology; American Meteorological Society (AMS). January 11 to 15, 2009, Phoenix, Arizona, US.

Auld H., J. Klaassen, S. Fernandez, G. Fenton, S. Eng, N. Comer and T. Ralph. 2008. The Changing Climate and NBCC Climatic Design Values. Report prepared for the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, by the Climatic Loads Task Group. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. p. 15.

Klaassen, J., S. Fernandez, M. Vanhoucke and N. Comer. 2008. Drought Hazard in Southern Ontario: A Historical Drought Indicator Analysis. Final technical report prepared for "The Tap Runs Dry: Lessons Learned and Forgotten by Southern Ontario Communities During Past Severe Droughts and Implications for Climate Change", Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Environment Canada, Toronto, Ontario. 124 pp.

Fernandez, S., H. Auld and D. MacIver. 2007. Canadian Atmospheric Hazards Network. Poster presentation at The Canadian Risk Hazards Network Symposium 2007 (CRHNet), November 6-8, 2007, Vancouver, BC.

MacIver, D., J. Klaassen, M. Taylor, P. Gray, N. Comer, S. Fernandez and H. Auld. 2007. In MacIver, D. and J. Klaassen (eds), Coastal Zone Management Under a Changing Climate in the Great Lakes. Environment Canada, Toronto, Ontario. 22p.