Christopher Marsh
chris.marsh@usask.ca chrismarsh.ca
Interests
Cryosphere-hydrology, numerical modelling, field work, programming, high-performance computing, the outdoors
Education
2012–2019 Ph.D. in Physical Geography
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
Supervisors: Dr. John Pomeroy, Dr. Howard Wheater
Multi-Scale Modelling of Cold Regions Hydrology
2009–2012 M.Sc. Physical Geography
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
Supervisors: Dr. John Pomeroy, Dr. Raymond Spiteri
Implication Of Mountain Shading And Topographic Scaling On Energy For Snowmelt
2005–2009 B.Sc. Honours Physical Geography, Minors: Math and Comp. Sci.
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
High Resolution Radiation Modelling In Complex Terrain
Awards & Grants
2020 Graduate Thesis Award for PhD
University of Saskatchewan
2016 AGU Flash Freeze competition
American Geophysical Union
2016 AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award in Cryosphere
American Geophysical Union, student presentation
2014–2016 NSERC Alexander Graham Bell
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
2014 CGU Stan Patterson award in Glaciology
Canadian Geophysical Union
2014 Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity
University of Saskatchewan and Gov. Saskatchewan research in a signature area
2013 J.H. Richards Graduate Award
University of Saskatchewan, highest average
2012 AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award in Cryosphere
American Geophysical Union, student presentation
2011 D.M. Gray Hydrology Award
CGU-HS, top student paper and presentation
2009–2012 Graduate Student Scholarship
University of Saskatchewan, academic performance
2009 Canadian Association of Geographers
Most distinguished geography undergraduate
2008 Honours scholarship
University of Saskatchewan, academic performance
Research Experience
2019–present Postdoctoral Fellow
Development of the Canadian Hydrological Model (CHM) to meet the needs to the next-
generation hydrological modelling group with Global Water Futures.
University of Saskatchewan
2012–2019 Research assistant
Coordinated purchases, configuration, and on-going support of the shared workstations
used for numerical simulations
Center for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan
2012–2019 Field work for PhD.
Canmore, AB; Whitehorse, YK
Snow surveys, meteorological site maintenance, ground control of historical sites
2012 CRHM Tools developer
Supervisor: John Pomeroy
Lead developer on the Cold Regions Hydrological Model (CRHM) Tools project at the Univer-
sity of Saskatchewan
2009–2012 Field work for M.Sc.
Canmore, AB
Installing radiometers and time lapse cameras, snow surveys, and meteorological site main-
tenance
2009 MITACS summer employment with Environment Canada
Supervisor: Bruce Davison and Raymond Spiteri
Improved MESH efficiency via parallelization and code optimization
2008 Modelling with the Cold Regions Hydrological Model (CRHM) for work in ungauged basins
Supervisor: John Pomeroy
Spring 2008 International Polar Year
Inuvik, NWT
Field assistant for instrument installation (water level recorders, snow surveys, vegetation
surveys, and surveying (Total Station)
Spring 2006 NHRC, Environment Canada
Inuvik, NWT
Field assistant for instrument installation of water level recorders and surveying
Teaching experience
2016–2019 Lecturer
Geography 290, University of Saskatchewan
Delivered lectures for two weeks on remote sensing and GIS. Prepared material and taught
the associated labs, as well as providing 1-on-1 teaching
2016 Teaching assistant
Geography 225, University of Saskatchewan
2nd year general hydrological course. Lead labs and provided 1-on-1 teaching
2016 Teaching assistant
Geography 290, University of Saskatchewan
2nd year introduction to field methods. Assisted in the field with students
2014 Teaching assistant
Geography 225, University of Saskatchewan
2nd year general hydrological course. Lead labs and provided 1-on-1 teaching
Other Experience
2006–2009 Salesperson and customer service
Saskatoon, SK
Boomtown Outfitters
Scientific service
2016–2017 Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) Canada branch
Chair and founding member
2010–present CRYOLIST.org
Co-manager of the listserv
2012–2018 Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) student group
Founding member and committee member
University of Saskatchewan
2012 Canadian Geophysical Union Hydrology Section (CGU-HS) student conference
Principal organizer
Saskatoon, SK
Peer review
Atmosphere-Ocean
Computers and Geoscience
The Cryosphere
Journal of Hydrology
Water Resources Research
Skills
Languages
Native English
French immersion (Grade 12)
Technical skills
Programming: C, C++11, R, Matlab, Python, OpenMP, MPI, git
GIS: ArcGIS, SAGA GIS, QGIS, GDAL
Office: MS Office, Photopshop, L
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OS: Linux (Fedora, Ubuntu), Windows, MacOS
Field work
Dataloggers
Site maintenance
Meteorological site installation
Snow surveys
Instruction
CRCA Canoe Moving Water Level 1 and 2
CRCA Canoe Moving Water 1 Instructors
CSIA Downhill Skiing Level 1 Instructors
Safety
Rescue 3 International SwiftWater Rescue Technician Unit 1
OHS Standard Level First Aid and CPR Level C
Over 20 years of extensive remote outdoor experience such as wilderness camping and canoeing
Publications
Peer-reviewed journal
Vionnet, V., Marsh, C.B., B. Menounos, S. Gascoin, N.E. Wayand, J. Shea, K. Mukherjee, and J.W. Pomeroy (2021),
Multi-scale snowdrift-permitting modelling of mountain snowpack, The Cryosphere 15, pp. 743–769, DOI: 10.5194/
tc-15-743-2021.
Leroux, N.R., Marsh, C.B., and J.W. Pomeroy (2020), Simulation of Preferential Flow in Snow with a 2D Non-Equilibrium
Richards Model and Evaluation against Laboratory Data, Water Resources Research 56.
Marsh, C.B and Pomeroy, J.W., R.J. Spiteri, and H.S Wheater (2020), A Finite Volume Blowing Snow Model for Use
With Variable Resolution Meshes, Water Resources Research 56(2), DOI: 10.1029/2019wr025307.
Marsh, C.B., J.W. Pomeroy, and H.S. Wheater (2020), The Canadian Hydrological Model (CHM) v1.0: a multi-scale,
multi-extent, variable-complexity hydrological model design and overview, Geoscientific Model Development 13(1),
pp. 225–247, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-13-225-2020.
Marsh, C.B and Spiteri, R.J., J.W. Pomeroy, and H.S. Wheater (2018), Multi-objective unstructured triangular mesh
generation for use in hydrological and land surface models, Computers & Geosciences 119, pp. 49–67, DOI: 10.
1016/j.cageo.2018.06.009.
Wayand, N.E., Marsh, C.B., J.M. Shea, and J.W. Pomeroy (2018), Globally scalable alpine snow metrics, Remote
Sensing of Environment 213, pp. 61–72, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.05.012.
Marsh, C.B., J.W. Pomeroy, and R.J. Spiteri (2012b), Implications of mountain shading on calculating energy for
snowmelt using unstructured triangular meshes, Hydrological Processes 26(12), pp. 1767–1778, DOI: 10.1002/
hyp.9329, URL: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/hyp.9329.
Conferences (Oral presentation)
Marsh, C.B., V. Vionnet, K. Green, R. Spiteri, N. Wayand, H. Wheater, and J.W. Pomeroy (2019a), Multiscale snow
hydrology modelling, IUGG-CGU (invited speaker); July 8-18; Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
(2019b), Segment 5 intervention for: Diagnostic, coupled atmospheric-cryospheric-hydrological models operating at
“snowdrift resolving scales” are needed in mountains in order to resolve the processes forming avalanches, glaciers
and snow patches that control mountain streamflow generation, cryospheric features and hazards. WMO High Moun-
tain Summit (invited speaker); Oct 29-31; Geneva, Switzerland.
Marsh, C.B. (2017), Simulating Complex, Cold-region Process Interactions Using a Multi-scale, Variable-complexity
Hydrological Model (OSPA Invited), AGU; Dec 11-15; New Orleans, LA, USA.
Marsh, C.B., J.W. Pomeroy, H. Wheater, N. Wayand, and R. Spiteri (2017a), Simulating blowing snow with the Canadian
Hydrological Model, AGU; Dec 11-15; New Orleans, LA, USA.
(2017b), Simulating steady-state blowing snow with the Canadian Hydrological Model, CGU-HS; May 29-31; Van-
cover, BC, Canada.
Marsh, C.B., N. Wayand, R. Spiteri, J.W. Pomeroy, and H. Wheater (2017c), Towards Large-Scale Simulations in
the Yukon with the Canadian Hydrological Model, Wolf Creek Research Basin 25th Anniversary Science Summit;
September 28-29; Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
Marsh, C.B., J.W. Pomeroy, and H. Wheater (2016), Testing warranted model complexity using a multi-scale, variable-
complexity hydrological model, CGU-HS; May 29-June 2; Fredericton, NB, Canada.
Marsh, C.B., N. Wayand, J.W. Pomeroy, and H. Wheater (2016a), The Canadian Hydrological Model: a Multiscale,
Multiphysics, Variable Resolution Mesh Simulation System for Cold Regions, AGU; Dec 12-16; San Francisco, CA,
USA.
(2016b), The Canadian Hydrological Model: a Multiscale, Multiphysics, Variable Resolution Mesh Simulation System
for Cold Regions, AGU Flash Freeze; Dec 12-16; San Francisco, CA, USA.
Marsh, C.B., J.W. Pomeroy, and H. Wheater (2015), Robustness in the spring surface energy balance in a mountain
basin, CGU-HS; May 3-7; Montreal, QC, Canada.
(2014), Impacts of spatial scaling of unstructured meshes on calculating surface irradiance, CGU-HS; May 4-8; Banf,
AB, Canada.
Marsh, C.B., J.W. Pomeroy, R.J. Spiteri, D. Marks, M. Hayashi, S. Munro, M. Demuth, and H. Wheater (2013), Impacts
of spatial scaling of unstructured meshes on calculating surface irradiance, CGU-HS; May 27-30; Saskatoon, SK,
Canada.
Marsh, C.B., J.W. Pomeroy, and R.J. Spiteri (2012a), Implication of mountain shading and topographic scaling on energy
for snowmelt, AGU Dec 3-7 (invited speaker); San. Francisco, Calif. , USA.
(2011a), Implication of mountain shading and topographic scaling on energy for snowmelt, CGU-HS student con-
ference Jan 29; Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
(2011b), Implication of mountain shading and topographic scaling on energy for snowmelt, CGU-HS May 15-18;
Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Conferences (Posters)
Marsh, C.B., Vincent Vionnet, Kevin Green, Raymond R. Spiteri, Brian Menounos, and John W. Pomeroy (2020), Multi-
objective unstructured meshes for improved mountain snow hydrology with the Canadian Hydrological Model (CHM),
AGU Dec 1-17 2020; San Francisco, California, USA.
Marsh, C.B. and J.W. Pomeroy (2018), PBSM3D: A complex terrain blowing snow model for use with variable resolution
meshes, INARCH February 8-9; Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus, Germany.
Headstrom, N., R. Granger, S. Miller, M. Marsh, and Marsh, C.B. (2013), Effect of Buoy Motion on Eddy Flux Measure-
ments over Lakes, CGU-HS May 27-30; Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
Marsh, C.B. and J.W. Pomeroy (2013), Automated Hydrological Response Unit create for use with CRHM, CGU-HS
May 27-30; Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
Marsh, C.B., J.W. Pomeroy, and R.J. Spiteri (2011c), Implication of mountain shading and topographic scaling on energy
for snowmelt, CGU-HS Student conference, Jan 29; Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Marsh, P., S. Endrizzi, C. Derksen, M. Russell, C. Onclin, H. Wilson, J. Pomeroy, and Marsh, C.B. (2010), Factors
controlling the spatial variability in end of winter snowcover and spring melt at an arctic tundra site, AGU Dec 13-17;
San Francisco, California, USA.
Marsh, C.B., R.J. Spiteri, and B. Davison (2009a), Improved MESH efficiency via parallelization and code optimization,
P3/WC2N Annual conference, Oct 14-17; Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.
Marsh, C.B., S. Pohl, and G.E. Liston (2007), Impact of increased shrub density on snow accumulation and melt in the
Arctic tundra, IUGG; Perugia, Italy.
Thesis
Marsh, C.B. (2019), Multi-Scale Modelling of Cold Regions Hydrology, Ph.D, University of Saskatchewan.
(2012), Implications of mountain shading on calculating energy for snowmelt using unstructured triangular meshes,
M.Sc. University of Saskatchewan.
Technical report
Marsh, C.B., R.J. Spiteri, and B. Davison (2009b), Improved MESH efficiency via parallelization and code optimization,
tech. rep., Department of Computer Science, The University of Saskatchewan, URL: http://www.cs.usask.ca/
content/researchinfo/techreports/2009/TR-2009-02.pdf.