A Life Shaped by Mountain Headwaters

Robert Sandford is the EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He is the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. In his work Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and to bringing international example to bear on local water issues.

Bob is Senior Advisor on water issues for the Interaction Council, a global public policy forum composed of more than thirty former Heads of State including Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, U.S. President Bill Clinton and the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Brundtland.

Bob is a Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a Fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary.

He sits on the Advisory Board of Living Lakes Canada and is a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), a national water policy research group centred in Toronto, ON. In 2013, Alberta Ventures magazine recognized Bob as one of the year’s 50 most influential Albertans.    

In addition to many other books, Bob is the author of a number of high-profile works on water, including Cold Matters: The State & Fate of Canada’s Snow and Ice, and Saving Lake Winnipeg. Bob co-authored Flood Forecast: Climate Risk & Resilience in Canada with Kerry Freek. The Columbia River Treaty: a Primer was published in association with Simon Fraser University’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team in the fall of 2014. 

Winner of the 2017 Lane Anderson Award for the best science writing in Canada today, Our Vanishing Glaciers chronicles the history of Canada’s western mountain glaciers through stunning photography, personal reflection and the most recent scientific research.

Shortlisted for the Lane Anderson Award in 2016 for North America in the Anthropocene, Robert is very honoured to recieve the 2017 award and recognition from The Fitzhenry Family Foundation.

Books by Author R.W. ( Bob) Sandford available here.

 

 

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Winner 2017

Lane Anderson Award

Honouring the very best science writing in Canada today.

Hardcover
$40.00

Available from Rocky Mountain Books

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2018

New Book!

Quenching the Dragon

By R.W. Sandford

Hardcover
$16.00



Available from Rocky Mountain Books
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2017

Publication

Our Vanishing Glaciers

By R.W. Sandford

Hardcover
$40.00

Available from Rocky Mountain Books

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2017

The Source: Rethinking Water through Contemporary Art

Exhibition Catalogue with closing Essay
By R.W. Sandford

Soft Cover
$25.00


About the Publication
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Flow & Grow Workshop

Register
Coast Capri Hotel

Kelowna, BC

Nov. 29 2016

Flow and Grow Workshop

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Imagine
This
Valley

Book Launch
@artsPlace

Canmore, AB

Nov 24, 2016



Imagine This Valley


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Labatt Presents

The Walrus Talks H20

 

Royal Alberta Museum
12845 102 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Nov. 18, 2016

The Walrus Talks - H20 Video

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Scientist Urges Adaptations

Assiniboine River Basin Initiative Annual Conference

Minot N.D.

Nov. 8 -10, 2016



Assiniboine River Basin Initiative focused on collaboration


North_America_in_The_Anthropocene

 

North America in the Anthropocene

By Robert Sandford

Reviews

Publisher's Weekly
Mullfret Book Reveiw


Available from Rocky Mountain Books

Water Security

 

 

Papers for the InterAction Council, 2011-2012

The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an urgent Security Issue

Robert Sandford Contributor



Available from Rocky Mountain Books
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Nestle Controversy a Fresh Water Wakeup call

Oct. 12, 2016

By

Robet Sandford

Toronto Star Wed., Oct. 12, 2016

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Under Western Skies

Conference
Sept. 27-30, 2016
Mt. Royal University
Calgary, AB


What is Under Western Skies?

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Hot & Bothered

Apr. 23, 2016

Nelson, BC

 

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The Columbia Icefields

By

Robert Sandford

$15.00 Softcover

 


Available from Rocky Mountain Books

 

 

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"This accessible and readable book explains how changes in the water cycle have already begun to affect how we value water security and climate stability."

Available from RMBooks

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A Video of Presentationby R.W. Sandford at Sustaining Alberta's Forested Headwaters:

Science Symposium
Nov 2015

Alberta Land-Use Knowledge Network


View presentation and slides


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Canadian Mayors Worry that Water to Waukesha sets a Dangerous Precedent

The Current -Interview with Anna Maria Tremonti

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Biggest threat to our water?

Canadians agree it's one thing

The Weather Network


The Weather Network

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Co-authored with Jon O'Riordan - links between soil quality and climate change

Available from RMBooks

Water in the World we want

 

UNU-INWEH releases (and contributes to) a variety of publications, including policy briefs, concept papers, journal articles and books around a variety of thematic areas.

United Nations University UNU-INWEH


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The Muskoka Summit

2014

Come Hell and High Water

Muskoka Summit on the Environment 2014

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How Global Warming

Stacks Up

NASA Video


The Weather Network

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Keynote Address by Robert Sandford

World Water Day Graduate Fair and Water Celebration

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo

March 23, 2015

World Water Day Grad Fair and Water Celebration


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Book Launch

Water, Energy and The Arab Awakening

Celtic Manor Resort,
Coldra Woods,
The Usk Valley, Newport,
South Wales

Oct. 20th, 2014

Water, Energy & the Arab Awakening


SFU Poster

 

THE COLUMBIA RIVER TREATY:
A Primer

Simon Fraser University
580 West Hastings St. Vancouver, B.C.

Nov.19th

ACT (Adaptation Climate Team)


UVic Poster

 

THE COLUMBIA RIVER TREATY:
A Primer

University of Victoria
Cornett Bldg. B135


Nov. 20th

PolisWaterProject.org


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Our World Needs Space

 Fresh Water for All: The Role of Space Assets

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

65th Internationa Astronautical Congress

Sept 29 - Oct. 3, 2014

 
Ice

 

McMaster Water Week

Distinguished Lectures

McMaster University

Hamilton, ON

Oct. 7, 2014



Water Climate & Society - Hydroclimatic Change


Flood_Forecast

 

Book Launch

Flood Forecast

Ben McNally Books

Toronto, Ont

May 22, 2014

RMBooks

Available from RMBooks


Flood 2013

 

Canada AM

Interview with

Bev Thompson

May 22, 2014

Kerry Freek

Robert Sandford

Canada am May 22nd, 2014


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Globe 2014 Mar. 26-28

Vancouver, B.C.

Food and Water Security in a Changing World

March 27, 2014


 

Globe Series 2014 - Robert Sandford


Flood 2005

 

Globe 2014 Mar 26-28

Vancouver, B.C.

Canada not prepared
for natural disasters, say top insurance execs

The Tyee - Canada not prepared for natural disaster


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Toronto March 21-29

Water Docs Film Festival


March 21

Oh! Canada …
World Premiere of Cold Amazon launch of the Campaign for Action

Cold Amazon - Watch the Trailer


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Lake Winnipeg the

focus of $1M exhibit

on World Water Day

March 22nd

CBC News Manitoba

Lake Winnipeg Foundation



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Book Launch

 

Saving Lake Winnipeg

McNally & Robinson

Winnipeg,

Oct. 25, 2013

Available from RMBooks


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Featured Speaker

Robert Sandford

Water Woes:
Higher Highs and
Lower Lows

Toronto International Centre
Conference Centre

Nov. 2, 2013

Federation of Ontario Cottagers: Fall AGM




Mtn. Stream

 

Interview:

Experts say all

flooded homes should

be included

in recovery plans

July 31, 2013

Calgary Herald News Feature


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Honoured:

Venture Magazine

Alberta’s 50

Most Influential

People 2013

Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it.




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Interview:

Province was

Ill-prepared for

Flood

Water Experts Say

June 26, 2013

Calgary Herald News Feature


Flood 2013

 

Interview:

Calgary Canada

Aerial View Video

Bob Sandford Speaks

on Flooding

June 22, 2013

The Current Interview and Arial Video Footage



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Robert Sandford

FCM Sustainable Communities
Windsor Ont.

Water and Climate Security


View Video

IT in Canada News Feature


Mt.Rundle

 

Robert Sandford

The Loss of Stationarity

March 6th

SFU Vancouver

Public

ACT - Adaptation to Climate Change Team


Poster_info

 

Robert Sandford

An Unexpected Water Crisis

OCTOBER 23rd, 2012
WINNIPEG, MB.

CONVOCATION HALL
UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG


Literay Review of Canada Article


Waterfall

 

Robert Sandford &
Debra Harford

Water Crisis Real or Not? STORMWARNING

OCTOBER 24th -26th, 2012

CRANBROOK AND KIMBERLY



 



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Robert Sandford

STORMWARNING CONFERENCE

Oct 16-19, 2012
Banff, Alberta

Glacier retreat affects stream ecology, water resources

By Colette Derworiz

Calgary Herald Story

The Myth of Adundant Fresh Water


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Robert Sandford

The Mackenzie:
Canada’s Cold Amazon

Oct 30th, 2012
Ottawa, ON



CARLETON UNIVERSITY

Learn More at FLOW Canada


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Taking water for granted

How our growing inability to predict droughts, floods and storms could bankrupt whole provinces.
By Robert Sandford

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Literay Review of Canada Article


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Resolving jurisdictions key to saving 'Amazon of the North'

The Canadian Press
Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2012

 




CTV News Story


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InterAction Council
Bob attended the 29th Interaction Council meeting in Quebec City, May 2011. A highlight was a dinner-reception at the Governor General's Residence overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River.


Canmore Water Expert to Advise Global Council
Friday December 9th 2011

The Global Water Crisis: Addressing and Urgent Security Issue
2012

Download here.

 

Final Communique, 29th Annual Plennary Conference as it relates to Water.


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Ethical Water

by

Bob Sandford

Book launch of the Manifesto Series
in Winnipeg, Oct. 18th, 2011

 

Available from
Rocky Mountain Books

Publications by R.W. Sandford available at Rocky Mountain Books.


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