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Welcome to the Water and Ice Research Laboratory (WIRL)

Water in its liquid and solid phases is critically important to Canadian landscapes and ecosystems. Climate warming will modify many aspects of the hydrological cycle, leading to issues related to water quantity/quality, ecosystem services, cryospheric change and the resultant threat to northern infrastructure. As the impacts of climate change increase, our understanding of these processes must improve in order to provide managers with the best monitoring and modelling tools in an uncertain world. The overarching objective of WIRL is to create a cluster of research and training that is focused on aquatic and cryospheric environments and climate change impacts. We aim to improve scientific understanding of key hydrologic processes, and provide monitoring and modelling tools using a blend of field, laboratory and computing methods. Research at WIRL falls under two broad topical areas associated with Dr. Mueller and Dr. Richardson.


  • Threats to freshwater resources and aquatic ecosystem services in Canada
  • Water-balance simulation in complex terrain
  • Landscape limnology models for cumulative effects assessment


  • Impacts of climate change to extreme coastal ice features
  • Changes in High Arctic ice shelves and the fiords they occupy
  • Remote sensing techniques for ice island and cryospheric change detection
  • Ice island/iceberg drift and deterioration

Latest News

Tweets from Milne Fiord

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Derek Mueller, Yulia Antropova (Carleton), Drew Friedrichs (UCDavis) and Jeremie Bonneau (UBC) are off to Milne Fiord. This year, Drew will be tweeting our exploits to @MilneFiord2018

New publication on the CI2D3

May 11th, 2018|0 Comments

A letter introducing the Canadian Ice Island Drift, Deterioration and Detection (CI2D3) Database is now in press in the Journal of Glaciology! Crawford A, Crocker G, Mueller D, et al (2018) The Canadian Ice Island [...]

New publication on surveying icebergs

April 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Congrats to Anna Crawford and others on their new publication in Remote Sensing on iceberg/ice island surveying and deterioration detection: http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/10/4/575