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Jan Adamowski

Dr. Jan AdamowskiContact

Associate Professor - Department of Bioresource Engineering
Liliane and David M. Stewart Scholar in Water Resources
Director - Integrated Water Resources Management Program
Associate Director – Brace Centre for Water Resources Management

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
McGill University
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec H9X 3V9
Tel.: 514-398-7786
jan [dot] adamowski [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Adamowski)


Dr. Adamowski is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University. He is also the Associate Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management at McGill, an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment, and an Associate Member of the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED) at McGill. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of hydrology and water resources management. Dr. Adamowski has published over 80 research papers in refereed journals and 30 papers in refereed conference proceedings, as well as one book, several chapters in books, and several monographs.  He has also given over 40 research talks at academic conferences.  Throughout the course of his research career, he has conducted research with his students in over 30 countries around the world.

Dr. Adamowski came to McGill University in 2009 after working as a Post Doctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. He completed his graduate studies in the US and Europe at several universities (Cambridge, MIT, London Business School, HEC Paris, NHH Bergen, and Warsaw Technical University) and his undergraduate degree in Canada at the Royal Military College of Canada. Prior to pursuing his graduate studies, he worked as a Lecturer in Tokyo, Japan for one year. During and after his undergraduate studies, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves) for over six years, first as an Infantry Soldier in the Canadian Army, then as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada, and finally as an Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. Dr. Adamowski grew up in Ottawa, Canada, and attended Rockcliffe Park Public School and Lisgar Collegiate Institute.


▪ Postdoc    Hydrology and Water Resources Management 
                       Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

▪ Ph.D.        Hydrology and Water Resources Management   
                       Warsaw Technical University, Poland

▪ M.B.A.      International Business
                       Warsaw Technical University Business School, Poland 
                       London Business School, UK
                       École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris), France
                       Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration - Bergen, Norway

▪ M.Phil.     Engineering for Sustainable Development
                       University of Cambridge, UK
                       Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

▪ B.Eng.      Civil Engineering
                       Royal Military College of Canada

Research Interests

  • Hydrological modeling:

▫ Hydro-meteorological forecasting (e.g., water demand, flood, groundwater level, drought, water quality, etc.) using wavelet transforms, machine learning and artificial intelligence methods (e.g. artificial neural networks, support vector regression, MARS, ELM, etc...)
▫ System dynamics modeling (coupling stakeholder built system dynamics models with physically based models)
▫ Watershed analysis using GIS and remote sensing
▫ Hydro-meteorological trend detection and estimation (e.g., streamflow, precipitation, temperature, total dissolved solids, etc.), and linking of dominant periodicities with climate indices (e.g. PDO, NAO, ENSO)
▫ Record extension methods (e.g. ROLC, MOVE) for short gauged water resources variables
▫ Uncertainty assessment via various approaches (e.g. Bayesian)

  • Integrated and adaptive water resources management:

▫ Adaptive management
▫ Stakeholder engagement processes
▫ Payment for ecosystem services
▫ Social learning via digital and interactive learning platforms
▫ Change agents and windows of opportunity
▫ Environmental flows

  • Other interests:

▫ Erosion maps, land use/land cover classification maps
▫ Influence of solar cycle on streamflow
▫ Influence of climate change on engineering design
▫ Urban heat island effect on water resources
▫ Two dimensional flow under radial and sluice gates using the natural element method
▫ Groundwater contaminant transport modeling
▫ Rainwater havesting systems; dew water collection systems
▫ Soil failure patterns

  • Research project locations:

Dr. Adamowski has conducted research projects in the following countries: Canada (Quebec, Ontario, Arctic, British Columbia, Alberta etc...); USA; Mexico; Germany; Cyprus; Poland; Italy; Egypt; Jordan; Israel; Iran; India; Nepal; Cameroon; Guatemala; Brazil; Spain; China; Ethiopia; Australia; Hungary; Japan; Tanzania; Nigeria; Pakistan; Kyrgyzstan; Mongolia; Algeria; UK; and Cuba.

Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board - Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE): Engineering Sustainability. United Kingdom.

  • Editorial Board - Journal of Sustainable Development.

  • Editorial Board - Open Journal of Modern Hydrology.

  • Editorial Board - International Journal of Water Sciences.

  • Associate Editor - International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses.

  • Editorial Board - Journal of Water and Land Development

Recent Talks/Conferences

  • 3rd International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics, and Finance. Marbella, Spain.

  • Brazilian Symposium on Water Resources. Rio Grande do Sol, Brazil.

  • 6th IAHS -EGU International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management. Bologna, Italy.

  • IDRC Workshop on Malnutrition in Guatemala. Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment. Guatemala City, Guatemala.

  • Hydrological Modeling Symposium. University of Basilicata, Italy.

  • 11th ICID International Drainage Workshop. Cairo, Egypt.

  • ASABE Annual International Meeting. Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

  • Northeast Agricultural/Biological Engineering Conference. Altoona, PA, USA.

  • Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development, University of Cambridge, UK.

  • Canadian Water Resources Associate Joint Scientific Conference. Saskatoon, Canada.

  • International Interdisciplinary Conference on Land Use and Water Quality: Reducing Effects of Agriculture. The Hague, Netherlands.

  • Conference on Methods and Technologies for Environmental Monitoring and Modelling: Hydrological and Hydraulic Risk. Matera, Italy.

  • Polish Institute of Meterology and Water Management / Polish Academy of Sciences Conference on Current Issues in Hydrology. Warsaw, Poland.

  • World Congress on Engineering and Technology. Xi'an, China.

  • ASABE Annual International Meeting. Dallas, Texas, USA.

  • 8th Watershed Management Conference. Lorestan, Iran.

  • ASABE Annual International Meeting. Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

  • Third International Conference on Climate Change. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Northeast Agricultural/Biological Engineering Conference. Geneva, NY, USA.

  • 20th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. Ottawa, Canada.

  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, USA.

  • CSWCRTI Workshop on Adaptive and Sustainable Solutions for Water Integrity, Safety, Security and Supply. Chandigargh, India.

  • 13th Biennial Jerusalem Conference in Environmental Studies. Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

  • Canada-Mexico Industry-Science Workshop for Innovation in Water Sustainability Technologies. Mitacs Canada and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Chihuahua, Mexico.

Research Grants

Research Team


CV and Publications

Master of Science in IWRM (Non-thesis)

Online Certification in Water Resources Management


  • BREE 420 Eng for Sustainability
  • BREE 510 Watershed Systems Management
  • BREE 630 IWRM Internship
  • BREE 631 IWRM Project
  • BREE 655 IWRM Research Visits
  • Online Certification in Integrated and Adaptive Water Resources Planning, Management and Governance.

Other (Military Service, Personal Interests/Pastimes)