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Dr. Paulin Coulibaly

Department of Civil Engineering

Hydrologic Modelling; Flood Forecasting; Water Resources; Climate Change Impact, Adaptation; Statistical Hydrology; Hydroinformatics; Remote Sensing Hydrology; Data Assimilation; Hydrometric Network Design
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Current research focuses on developing advanced flood forecasting tools by resorting to probabilistic ensemble forecasting systems, sequential data assimilation; and various information integration platforms. Other research topics involve (a) nonstationary methods for storm and flood frequency analysis under changing climate and environmental conditions; (b) the design of optimal water monitoring networks to meet climate change adaptation needs in the water sector; (c) the investigation of machine learning and satellite observations for the development of new integrated hydrologic models in ungauged or poorly gauged basins.

Did you know…
Dr. Paulin Coulibaly is the Director of NSERC FloodNet.

FloodNet is a multi-disciplinary research network, with active end-user involvement. The collaboration between academic experts, government scientists, and end-users (e.g., operational flood forecasters) is a key strength of FloodNet and will ensure that the new knowledge and technology developed will meet the user needs. FloodNet will allow the coordination and optimization of resources and expertise to address the important issue of river floods in Canada. The benefits of enhanced flood forecasts and management are tremendous and include the reduced cost of damages, the protection of people and livestock, the reduction of socio-economic impacts and human distress, and the protection of community water systems and the environment. In addition, students and post-doctoral fellows trained as part of the FloodNet research program will be uniquely and highly qualified to work in an area that is in high demand in Canada.

Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), with contributions from our partners in government agencies, industry and Canadian universities FloodNet provides one of the most advanced organizations in the world, in terms of human and technical capital, to deal with issues related to floods and will place Canada at the forefront of flood management. The knowledge and tools developed by the NSERC Canadian FloodNet will be disseminated on the world stage through our partnership with the United Nations University Institute of Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).

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B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc.(Nice) Ph.D. (Université Laval)


Director, FloodNet


Related Courses

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CIVENG 6M03 Graduate Hydrologic Modeling  
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CIV ENG 757 Graduate Advanced Statistical and Data Driven Methods in Hydrology  
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CIVENG 2J04 Undergraduate Principles of Geological and Geo-Environmental Engineering  
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