"Hans Schreier has spent a career making a difference in the lives of Canadians and people around the world. His ability to translate his knowledge and research into real and useable information has put him at the forefront of watershed and water reuse issues around the world. He can speak the language of the water manager in Vancouver, the teenager in Central America or the village elder in Nepal. Hans' contribution to water issues is too great to ever be measured."
Dr. Mark Servos, Scientific Director, Canadian Water Network
Hans Schreier is a professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His research interests include the following:
  • Watershed analysis (system dynamics, simulation modeling)

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Land/Water interactions (land use and its impact on water resources)
  • Non-point source pollution and cumulative effects

  • Water and soil quality and pollution (excess nutrients, trace metals, sediments)

  • Geomorphological and pedological processes

  • Land degradation processes and rehabilitation
Terraces in Nepal

Ph.D. Geomorphology. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. 1976

M.Sc. Geomorphology & Resource Management. University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K., 1973

Diploma in Air Photo Interpretation/ Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. International Institute of Aerial Surveys and Earth Sciences, I.T.C. Encshede, Netherlands. 1972

B.A. in Physical Geography. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA. 1970

Diploma in Organic Chemistry. National Certification, Basel, Switzerland. 1961


2008 King Albert International Mountain Award. For scientific accomplishments of lasting value to the world's mountains. The King Albert I Memorial Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland. Award presentation: Sept. 5-6, 2008 in Pontresina, Switzerland.

2004 Science in Action Award: The United Nations International Year of Fresh Water, Science, Education and Conservation Award. For outstanding work in making watershed management knowledge and innovative, cost-effective applications possible in Canada and in Developing Countries abroad. Canadian UN Initative See: www.wonderofwater.ca

1999/2000 Senior Sabbatical Fellowship, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Ottawa. July 1999- July 2000. To review Asia Program, assist IDRC Projects teams in the Andes and Himalayan Region in using Internet and multi-media communcation tools in their research, identify research priorities for the next five years and develop.

1999 Manaaki Tangata Fellowship, Landcare Research, Hamilton and Auckland, New Zealand: One month fellowship for lecture tour and workshops on Integrated Catchment Management Research (November 1999).

1996 IDRC AWARD. Honoured by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa for significant contribution to science in the developing world. Contributions in the effective use of computer techniques and geographic information system in Mountain Resource Management in Nepal. (One of five Canadian Researchers awarded during IDRC's 25th anniversary celebration).

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
The University of British Columbia
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