Dr. Rob Schincariol
My general research area is hydrogeology, which deals with the subsurface movement of water and the various physical and chemical interactions of this water within geological environments. These basinal environments naturally "spill onto" the surface hydrology environments of watersheds, rivers, and lake systems. Hydrogeology is by nature an interdisciplinary field since it applies principles of fluid physics, mathematics, chemistry, biogeochemistry and engineering within a geological environment. Specifically, my research focuses on (1) the physical and chemical phenomena associated with the subsurface transport of contaminants, (2) subsurface heat transport, (3) permafrost hydrogeology, and (4) watershed hydrology. My expertise lies in the area of contaminant hydrogeology, low- temperature geothermal energy, permafrost hydrogeology, and physical hydrology.
- Dehkordi, S.E., and R.A. Schincariol, 2012. Thermal effect of hydrogeological factors on closed-loop source geothermal systems, 3rd International FEFLOW User Conference, Sept. 3-7, 2012, Berlin, Germany, 8 pp.
- Schincariol, R.A., and N. Nakevska, 2012. Low-temperature geothermal waste heat utilization from in-situ bitumen recovery operations, 3rd International FEFLOW User Conference, Sept. 3-7, 2012, Berlin, Germany, 8 pp.
- Nagare, R.M., R.A. Schincariol, W.L. Quinton, and M. Hayashi, 2012. Moving the field into the lab: Simulation water and heat transport in sub-Arctic peat, Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 23(3), 237-243.
- Nagare, R.M., R.A. Schincariol, W.L. Quinton, M. Hayashi, 2012. Effects of freezing on soil temperature, freezing front propagation and moisture redistribution in peat: laboratory investigations, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 501-515, doi:10.5194/hess-16-501-2012.
- Maun, M.A. and R.A. Schincariol (Editors), 2010. Impacts of Water Diversion on Biotic Communities of a River in a Dune Watershed, National Research Council of Canada (NRC Research Press), 92 p., ISBN-13 978-0-660-19942-9.
- Markle, J.M., and R.A. Schincariol, 2007. Thermal plume transport from sand and gravel pits – Potential thermal impacts on cool water streams, J. of Hydrology, 338, 174-195; doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2007.02.031.
- Markle, J.M., R.A. Schincariol, J.H. Sass and J.W. Molson, 2006. Characterizing the two-dimensional thermal conductivity distribution in a sand and gravel aquifer, Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., 70, 1281-1294; doi:10.2136/sssaj2005.0293.
- McNeil, J.D., G.A. Oldenborger, and R.A. Schincariol, 2006. Quantitative imaging of contaminant distributions in heterogeneous porous media laboratory experiments, J. Contam. Hydrol., 84, 36-54; doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2005.12.005.
- Oldenborger, G.A., R.A. Schincariol, and L. Mansinha, 2003. Radar determination of the spatial structure of hydraulic conductivity, Ground Water, 41(1), 24-32.
Earth Sciences 2281B: Geology for Engineers
Earth Sciences 3340A: Watershed Hydrology
Earth Sciences 4440B: Hydrogeology: Principles, Processes & Professional Practice
Geology 9540B: Hydrogeology: Principles, Processes & Professional Practice
Geology 9519B: Applied Ground Water Modelling
Dr. Schincariol currently has openings for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students interested in geothermal energy, primarily the thermal performance, sustainability, and impact of borehole heat exchangers (BHE’s) within hydrogeological environments. These projects include application of BHE’s for utilizing subsurface waste heat generated in bitumen recovery operations and in mitigating permafrost degradation. An integrated approach is used including field, lab, and numerical simulations.