Younes Alila

Department of Forest Resources Management

Younes Alila received his B.A.Sc. (1985), M.A.Sc. (1987) and Ph.D. (1994) from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Ottawa. From 1992 to 1996 Younes worked full time as a Project Engineer for the Greater Vancouver Regional District while finishing part-time his Ph.D. program. His M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. research work is on regional hydrology with a main focus on the transfer of information related to low-flows, floods and precipitation from gauged to ungauged sites. He took up his current position in forest hydrology and watershed management in the Department of Forest Resources Management in February 1996.

Younes current research program addresses a number of problems related to watershed management using an approach that combines experimental, theoretical, stochastic, and deterministic hydrology across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. His research focuses on the understanding and modeling of the physical basis underlying the “nonlinear nature” of hydrologic processes as affected by the geometric, temporal and spatial scaling of stream networks, precipitation dynamics, soil characteristics, land use and land cover. Younes research program is designed to provide scientifically-based information, knowledge and expert advice that promote sound policies, solve urgent operational problems and provide a solid foundation on which to build sustainable forest and water resources management in British Columbia.

Primary Recipient Awards

Exploratory Workshops, Younes Alila, 2001

Younes Alila
The Problem of Ungauged Basins (PUB) is of global scientific, engineering, social and economic significance. In British Columbia (BC), the PUB is most pressing for management decisions regarding water quality and quantity in small and medium-sized basins with implications for the forest, fisheries and recreational industries. We are proposing to hold for the first time in Canada an Exploratory Workshop to examine research questions related to the PUB involving interdisciplinary contributions from Mathematics, Physics, Earth Sciences, Civil Engineering, Geography and Forest Hydrology and a panel of Internationally distinguished scientists. The quantification of sources of non-linearity in hydrologic systems is important for identifying solution avenues for the PUB and requires that Mathematical concepts such as random cascades and statistical self-similarity are combined with what we have learned from several decades of Atmospheric, Hydrologic, Hydrogeologic and Geomorphologic process-oriented studies. The Workshop would attempt to identify theoretical and data collection programs that are needed to test and develop hydrological scaling theories under the complex mountainous conditions of BC. Based on current understanding, the Workshop would also attempt to outline possible solution strategies for addressing the PUB in BC. Workshop discussions would be used to formulate an interdisciplinary UBC research agenda that would form the basis for preparing a Peter Wall Institute Thematic Grant Proposal down the road.

Co-principal Investigator Awards

International Visiting Research Scholars, Murugesu Sivapalan, 2014

Murugesu Sivapalan
Younes Alila