Groundwater Group | Flows Research Group

With the recent expansion of the Environmental Engineering program, research activities are now focused on both surface and subsurface water quality issues. Extensive use is made of numerical simulation techniques as well as controlled laboratory and field experimentation.

In the areas of surface water quality and biotechnological processes, current topics of investigation include the design and operation of low technology wastewater treatment systems for on-site and unserviced applications, and the use of integrated environmental management techniques for the control of surface water degradation resulting from urban storm runoff. In the area of subsurface water quality, research within the Groundwater Group is being directed at the development of numerical models to simulate multiphase/multicomponent flow and transport in both porous and fractured media, as well as the performance of laboratory experiments to evaluate remedial technologies for the clean-up of chemical spill sites contaminated by hazardous industrial liquids such as PCB oils, jet fuel, and chlorinated solvents.

Élise Devoie

  • Permafrost
  • Permafrost hydrology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Numerical modelling
  • Field data collection
  • Climate change
  • Groundwater
  • Cold regions processes; soil freeze/thaw

Yves Filion

  • Water quality in distribution systems
  • Metals accumulation and release in drinking water distribution systems
  • Drinking water discolouration
  • Antimicrobial and metals resistance in drinking water biofilms
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation in drinking water systems

Kevin Mumford

  • Subsurface remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents
  • Laboratory investigation of multiphase flow and nonaqueous phase liquid dissolution
  • Behaviour of gases in the subsurface (remediation, biogenic, carbon dioxide)
  • Innovative approaches for brownfield risk assessment

Kent Novakowski

  • Aqueous Phase Transport in Fracture Networks
  • Hydraulic Testing Methods for Fractured Bedrock
  • Sustainable Water Supply in Regional Bedrock Aquifers
  • Hydrology of Fractured Rock

Sarah Jane Payne

  • Drinking water quality management in distribution systems and premise plumbing
  • Lead and copper corrosion control
  • Biofilm and microbial ecology
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Interactions and interplay of water quality, disinfectants, pipe materials, inorganic particles, and the drinking water microbiome

R. Kerry Rowe

  • Contaminant Migration
  • Landfill Design
  • Liners and other Contaminant Barriers
  • Geosynthetics in Environmental Applications

Stephanie Wright

  • Climate change impacts on groundwater resources in cold regions
  • Fractured rock hydrogeology
  • Cryo-hydrogeology and permafrost thaw
  • Field-based investigation of groundwater flow and transport
  • Safe and sustainable drinking water supplies

Jamie Van Gulck

  • Closure and reclamation of mining and oil and gas sites in cold regions
  • Environmental risks and liabilities from the resource extraction industry
  • Northern environmental permitting and governance
  • Indigenous perspectives in geo-environmental engineering

Xiaying Xin

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Toxic Bacteria Inactivation
  • Emerging Contaminant
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Synchrotron Radiation-based Techniques and Environmental Applications