Professor, Department of Earth Sciences
Hydrogeology, Climate Change Impacts, Water Security
People are very attached to water; they are attuned to issues such as sustainability of their water supply, conflicts between water users, and impacts of climate change. Dr. Allen shares these concerns. A hydrogeologist by profession, her research aims to develop strategies to assess risks to water security, and ultimately, these ideas inform our country’s decision-makers and policies. On a fundamental level, her research is shedding light on the processes that take place as natural groundwater systems respond to stressors like contamination and climate change. Scientists working with decision-makers reflects how “water brings people together.”
As a scientist, how have you worked with government to protect our water resources?
I engage with the provincial and federal governments and contribute knowledge concerning groundwater resources in British Columbia, across Canada and abroad. I became a member of the groundwater advisory board for the Province at a time when BC had no legislation about groundwater. That process lasted a few years and culminated in the creation of the Groundwater Protection Regulation under the Water Sustainability Act, which I contributed to shaping.