From left: Dr. Jay Famiglietti (PhD) and Dr. Martyn Clark (PhD). (Photos: Submitted)

USask hydrologists, beamline scientists named highly cited researchers

Two University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers at the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) and two senior beamline scientists at USask’s Canadian Light Source (CLS) have been named to Clarivate’s 2022 Highly Cited Researchers list.

Researchers recognized in this list have published multiple academic papers that rank in the top one per cent of citations in their fields for the year, as analyzed by the global Web of Science—a database of bibliographic citations that covers the various journals of medical, scientific and social sciences. 

Focus on tracking global freshwater availability

Dr. Jay Famiglietti (PhD), executive director of GIWS and Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing, is a leading hydrologist and has previously served as a senior water scientist in the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  

A professor at USask’s School of Environment and Sustainability, Famiglietti’s research focuses on using satellites and advanced computer models to track the changing availability of freshwater around the world and the depletion of groundwater reserves. He has a major focus on communicating important findings to the public and the research community, and also is a regular adviser to national and international governments on water security issues. 

His research work has been cited approximately 20,400 times across 182 published papers, including in prestigious journals such as Nature and Science. 

Flood forecasting through streamflow modelling

Dr. Martyn Clark (PhD), associate director of the Centre for Hydrology and Coldwater Laboratory and professor in the USask College of Arts and Science Department of Geography and Planning, is a leading hydrologist who has recently served as the editor-in-chief of the journal, Water Resources Research. 

His research focuses on developing hydrological models and understanding the sensitivity of water resources to climate change. Recent work includes developing computer models to predict changes in streamflow – including the occurrences of floods and droughts – with the USask Centre for Hydrology Computational Hydrology research group as part of the Global Water Futures project.  

His work has been published in 189 publications and cited approximately 18,100 in academic journals including Nature Climate Change. 

Senior beamline scientists credited for work

The senior CLS beamline scientists recognized by Clarivale as highly cited researchers are Dr. Yongfeng Hu (PhD) and Dr. Jigang Zhou (PhD). Mostly through their work in conducting beamline experiments for a variety of scientists at the synchrotron, Hu and Jigang are cited as co-authors in numerous published journal papers.  

Learn more about the Highly Cited Researchers list and see other recipients here.

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