CSHS/CRI Rivers Field Course

Principles of Hydrometric, Temperature and Sediment Monitoring in Streams and Rivers


*Cours annulé à cause du nombre d’inscriptions insuffisantes*

31 juillet – 4 août, 2023


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.


Le cours sera donné à la station expérimentale de l’INRS située à Sacré-Coeur, à 30 km au nord de Tadoussac, sur le bord de la rivière Ste-Marguerite (cliquez ici pour une carte), un affluent du Saguenay. Les personnes inscrites peuvent arriver par leurs propres moyens ou par une navette organisée par la SCSH. L’aéroport le plus près est à Québec et il faut compter 3,5 heures de route entre l’aéroport et la station. La navette conduira les participants de l’aéroport de Québec vers le cours et les ramènera à l’aéroport après le cours. Des frais minimes (~20 $ par trajet) seront facturés à ceux qui prendront la navette.


Date Weekday Content
Day 1 Monday River Safety
Day 2 Tuesday River Safety
Day 3 Wednesday Fundamentals of Hydrology, Sediment Sampling
Day 4 Thursday Instrumentation and Field Measurements
Day 5 Friday Flow Rating Curves


This course is open to everyone. Space is limited to 15 people 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: $750
  • Professional or Young Professional with a CSHS membership: $1500
  • Young Professional (non-member) $1565
  • Professionals (non-member): $1630

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

En raison d’engagements budgétaires, les personnes qui annulent leur inscription ne seront remboursées qu’à hauteur de 90 % des frais d’inscription, et seulement si l’annulation est reçue par écrit au moins 30 jours avant le début du cours.



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.