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Adjunct Professor, Department of Computing and Information Science, University of Guelph

Former Adjunct Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, and Civil Engineering Department, McMaster University


Gold Medal of Information Technology in Government for pioneering work in the development of environmental information systems; and Meritorious Award of International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics for high quality research

Environment Canada Citation of Excellence for contributions to the development of the RAISON expert system

Ph.D., M.Maths., University of Waterloo (Computer Science); B.Sc., University of Hong Kong


David Lam

Research Scientist - Chief, Water Quality Information Management & Modelling

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Contributing to Environment Canada's mandate to conserve and protect aquatic ecosystems

  • Environmental prediction and decision support systems
  • Lake hydrodynamics, water quality and nutrient transport modelling
  • Integrating hydrological, limnological and ecological data, knowledge and models for studying effects of land-based activities on water quality of streams and lakes for large ecosystem initiatives
  • Integrated assessment models for environmental issues including climate change, watershed acidification, lake eutrophication, and contaminant transport
  • Senior scientist and study lead on water-related decision support and information systems and tools


Canadian Co-Chair, Annex 3 Technical Sub-group of the Review Working Group D for the Canada-US Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

Advisory Board Member, Working Group on Computers and Environment, International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP); member of UN-ECE Task Group on Integrated Assessment Modelling; former member, UNEP / UNESCO / WHO / IMO / IAEA / UN Joint Group of Experts on Marine Pollution - Coastal Modelling

Former Chair, A.S.C.E. Task Committee on Climate Change Effects on Lake Hydrodynamics and Water Quality

Former Vice-President, Canadian Applied Mathematics Society


Lam, D.C.L., W.M. Schertzer, McCrimmon, M.N. Charlton and S. Millard. 2008. Modelling Phosphorus and Dissolved Oxygen Conditions Pre- and Post- Dreissena Arrival in Lake Erie. In Munawar, M. and R. Heath (eds.), Checking the Pulse of Lake Erie, Ecovision Monograph Series. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, Burlington, ON. p. 97-121.

Leon, L.F., D.C.L. Lam, W.M. Schertzer, D.A. Swayne and J. Imberger. 2007. Towards coupling a 3D hydrodynamic lake model with the Canadian regional climate model: Simulation on Great Slave Lake. Env.Modeling and Software. 22:787-796.

Booty, W.G., D.C.L. Lam, G.S. Bowen, O. Resler and L. Leon, L. 2005. Modelling Changes in Streamwater Quality due to Climate Change in a Southern Ontario Watershed. Canadian Water Resources Journal. 30(3):211-226.

Lam, D.C.L., L.F. León, S. Hamilton, N. Crookshank, D. Bonin and D.A. Swayne. 2004. Multi-model integration in a decision support system: a technical user interface approach for watershed and lake management. Env. Modelling & Software. 19:317-324.

Lam, D.C.L. and D.A. Swayne. 2001. Issues of Environmental Information System (EIS) Software Design: Some Lessons Learned in the Past Decade. Env. Modelling and Software. 16:419-425.

Jeffries, D., D.C.L. Lam, I. Wong and M.D. Moran. 2000. Assessment of changes in lake pH in southeastern Canada arising from present levels and expected reductions in acidic deposition. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 57:40-49.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Great Lakes