PhD in Geological Sciences/Hydrology, University of British Columbia, 2018
M.Sc. Geoecology and Hydrology, University of Potsdam, 2011
Canadian Water Resources Association
- Past Director, BC Branch
Journal of the Association for Geoecology Germany (Forum)
- Past Editor
English, professional proficiency
German, mother tongue
Spanish, intermediate proficiency
French and Italian, basic skills
Silja Hund, Hydrologist
Dr. Silja Hund is a hydrologist with focus on climate change impacts on extreme hydrological events and community adaptation to floods and droughts. Silja has been working as a hydrologist and research analyst at Ebbwater Consulting Inc. since its inception and has developed a deep expertise in risk analysis, large dataset processing and GIS. Over her time at Ebbwater, she has been part of several provincial/federal risk projects (e.g., a review of risk assessment methods, contribution to forth-coming guidelines). With respect to applied project work, she has developed multiple tools for flood risk assessment, and also recently led the development of a probabilistic risk assessment for coastal flood hazards. She enjoys technical writing and communication for reports and articles, has presented her work at national and international conferences, and has published in international peer-reviewed journals.
Silja completed her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences at The University of British Columbia. For her research, she did extensive field work working with local communities, collected streamflow data, and integrated these data into a hydrological model. She applied a range of downscaled climate change scenarios to the model, using a suite of automated pre- and post-processing R codes that she developed. She used the results to develop novel drought adaptation tools for the region. Silja previously graduated with a Master of Science in Geoecology with a focus on hydrology and hydrologic modelling from the University of Potsdam, Germany.
Publications, Presentations, and Media
S.V., Allen, D.M., Morillas, L. and M.S. Johnson (2018). Groundwater recharge
indicator as tool for decision makers to increase socio-hydrological resilience
to seasonal drought. Journal of Hydrology 563:1119-1134. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.05.069.
T. and Hund, S.V. (2017). Way forward for risk assessment tools in Canada.
Natural Resources Canada. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8255, 2017;
103 pages. https://doi.org/10.4095/302773.
S.V., Johnson, M.S., and Keddie, T. (2016). Developing a hydrologic monitoring
network in data-scarce regions using open-source Arduino dataloggers. Agricultural & Environmental Letters
S.V. and Lyle, T. (2015). Flood Map Project—What are the implications of
outdated flood maps in BC? In proceedings at the Canadian Water Resources
Association BC Conference. Nov 19, 2016. Vancouver, BC.
L., S.V. Hund and M.S. Johnson (2019). Water use dynamics in double cropping of
rainfed upland rice and irrigated melons produced under drought-prone tropical
conditions. Water Resources Research, 55, 4110– 4127. doi:
Hund, S.V., Brown, S.,
Lavkulich, L.M., and Oswald, S. (2013). Relating phosphorus lability in stream sediments to watershed land use via an effective sequential extraction scheme. Journal of Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.
224 (9), 1643. DOI: 10.1007/s11270-013-1643-9.