CSHS/CRI Rivers Field Course


Hydrology and geomorphology are essential components of a large number of ecological processes in rivers and estuaries. Understanding of the components of a hydrological budget, water quality and channel-forming processes is helpful in the study of chemical/biological interactions in aquatic ecosystems. Over the course of the last decades, the modernization of monitoring tools has allowed most water resources managers to distance themselves from data acquisition. However, understanding the requirements of appropriate measurement techniques for discharge, rainfall, water quality and sediments remains essential to appreciate the uncertainty of data that are available.


  • Swift water safety
  • A brief introduction to the water cycle and hydrological budget.
  • An introduction to the dynamic equilibrium of rivers
  • Familiarization with different flow measurement techniques
  • Construction of flow rating curves
  • Introduction to meteorological and water temperature measurements
  • Introduction to sediment sampling in rivers

The emphasis of this course is on field techniques. Students will gain experiencing using Acoustic Doppler Velocimeters (Flow Tracker), Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, temperature probes and more. The 2020 course will be given in English.


The course will be given at the INRS field station located at Sacré-Coeur, 30 km north of Tadoussac, on the shore of the Ste-Marguerite River (click here for a map), a tributary of the Saguenay. Registrants can arrive by personal vehicle or by a shuttle arranged by the CSHS. The nearest airport to this location is in Quebec City and is a 3.5 hr drive from the airport to the station. The shuttle will take students from Quebec City Airport to the course and return to the airport after the course. A small fee (~$20 each way) will be charged for those taking the shuttle.


Date Weekday Content
July 6 Monday Arrival on site
July 7 Tuesday Introduction to River Safety and Field Measurements
July 8 Wednesday Fundamentals of Hydrology, Sediment Sampling
July 9 Thursday Instrumentation and Field Measurements
July 10 Friday Flow Rating Curves


This course is open to everyone. Space is limited due to the nature of the course (only so many people can stand in a river at once) and will be treated on a first come, first served basis. Please click the link below to register.


  • Student: $550
  • Student with a CSHS membership: $520
  • Professionals: $1100
  • Young Professional: $1035
  • Professional with a CSHS membership: $970

A student is someone enrolled full time in an academic institution. A young professional is someone who has been a full time student within the last 3 years. Registration includes food and accommodation for the duration of the course (Monday lunch through Friday lunch) and a 1-year CSHS & CWRA membership (if not already members).

Registration and Cancellation Policy

Because of budgetary commitments, registrants who cancel their registration will only be refunded 90% of the registration fees, and only if cancellation is received in writing prior to May 30th. Registration closes June 15.



Participants will stay on site at the field station. The field station is equipped with beds, but linens are are not provided. Students must bring their own sleeping bags. Depending on the number of registrants, some registrants may need to share a room.


Everyone will be fed very well. Please let us know if you have any allergies when you register.


Participants can either drive themselves to the field station or be at the Quebec City airport on Monday morning to catch a shuttle to the course. During the course there shouldn’t be a need to use a private vehicle.

What to bring

Technical equipment (lifejackets, waders, flow measurement devices, etc. ) will be provided by the course. We will be outdoors in the rain or sunshine. Please bring proper outdoor clothes (including a rain coat and rain pants) and any personal items that you might need throughout the week.