Dr. Leif Burge

BC

Leif Burge, P.Ag., E.P.


Education

PhD, McGill University
MSc, University of Calgary
BSc, University of Victoria
Dip. General Studies, Kwantlen College

Positions

College Professor, Okanagan College
Science Director, Canadian Rivers Institute (http://canadianriversinstitute.com/)
Senior Scientist, Fluvial Geomorphology, Stantec (www.stantec.com/)
Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia - Okanagan (http://eesc.ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html)

Biography

Dr Burge is a nationally recognized fluvial geomorphologist and senior scientist with over 19 years of experience solving applied river problems and conducting river research. His experience includes natural channel design, hydrotechnical geohazard assessment, hydraulic modelling, channel assessment, sediment management, sediment transport, river stability, environmental impact assessment, assessment of dam breaches, and fluvial habitat projects. Feature projects include design and construction of new channels and channel features, inundation and scour potential mapping using HEC-RAS modelling, detailed mapping and channel change detection for environmental impact assessments, investigation of the effects of land use on stream channel erosion and design of hydraulic structures for mitigation on pipeline crossings. 

Dr. Burge was the lead for the hydrotechnical and geomorphological impact assessment of the Mount Polley tailings storage facility (TSF) breach and he worked on the sediment and erosion control plan for Hazeltine and Edney Creeks, downstream of the TSF breach.  He was the design lead for 90 m of channel to mitigate sediment contamination and improve fish habitat on a small creek in the Kootenay region of British Columbia.  Dr. Burge is lead author of a DFO white paper on the fate of sediment introduced into northern rivers, and an analytical paper on scour analysis for industry.  Dr. Burge led the Geohazards and Geomorphology group at SNC-Lavlain prior to joining Stantec.

Teaching interests

I enjoy teaching science and my goal is for students to have a better understanding of how the physical world around them works. I believe in hands on learning. Students gain knowledge through lectures but also laboratory assignments. Field schools are also important, allowing students to learn various techniques and apply them in the real world. The world is a big, complicated place. Courses in Geography and Earth and Environmental Science explain how the world works.

Courses Taught at Okanagan College

Geomorphology (EESC/GEOG 222)
Natural History of the Earth (EESC 121)

Courses Taught at University of British Columbia - Okanagan 

Applied Fluvial Geomorphology Field Techniques (EESC 435)

Publications

Burge, L.M, Guthrie, R.H, Chaput-Desrochers, L., Practical Applications of Bed Scour Calculations: Two Case Studies. Proceedings of the 10th International Pipeline Conference IPC2014, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2014.

Burge, L.M, Guthrie, R.H, Chaput-Desrochers, L. Working Paper on Hydrological Factors Affecting Spatial and Temporal Fate of Sediment in Association with Stream Crossings of the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2014.

Burge, L.M., Chaput-Desrochers, L., Guthrie, R.H., 2014.  Depth of Cover at Water Crossings: Can We Reliably Predict Scour Depth. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa Florida, May 8-12, Tampa, Florida, United States, 2014.

King L., Hassan M., Wei A., Burge L.M. Wood Budgets of Headwater Streams in the Interior of British Columbia and their Response to Fire and Mountain Pine Beetle in Riparian Zones. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Article first published online: 28 Jan, Canada, 2013.

Burge L.M., Guthrie R.H., River assessment. In: Guthrie R.H. and Cuervo V.A. (Eds). Understanding Geohazards: Slopes, Rivers and Coastlines. SNC-Lavalin Inc., 63-79, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2013.

Burge L.M. Channel Bed Stability. In: Guthrie R.H. and Cuervo V.A. (Eds). Understanding  Geohazards: Slopes, Rivers and Coastlines. SNC-Lavalin Inc., 80-88, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2013.

Burge L.M., Guthrie R.H. Inland Flood Hazards. . In: Guthrie R.H. and Cuervo V.A. (Eds). Understanding Geohazards: Slopes, Rivers and Coastlines. SNC-Lavalin Inc., 89-105, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2013.

Guthrie R.H., Beaugrand H., Burge L.M. Detection, Monitoring, Instrumentation and Mitigation. In: Guthrie R.H. and Cuervo V.A. (Eds). Understanding Geohazards: Slopes, Rivers and Coastlines. SNC-Lavalin Inc., 142-164, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2013.

Burge L.M. Channel Condition of a Small Okanagan Stream Following Three Historical Dam Break Floods. Canadian Water Resources Association/Canadian Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, June 5-8, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 2012.

Burge L.M. Characteristics and History of a Small Okanagan Stream. Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, March 8-10, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 2012.

King L., Hassan M., Wei A., and Burge L.M. Wood Budgets of Upland Streams in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, March 8-10, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 2012.

Burge L.M. Locating Setback Dykes in Channelized Rivers: a case study, Mission Creek. Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, March 25-27, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2010.

Burge L.M. Sediment, Energy and Long Profile Patterns of a Channelized River. Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section Meeting - 105th Annual Meeting, May 7-9, Mission Creek, British Columbia, Canada, 2009.

Corbett N., and Burge L.M. River Long Profile Analysis with the Continuous Wavelet Transform. Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section Meeting - 105th Annual Meeting, May 7-9, Mission Creek, British Columbia, Canada, 2009.

Young R.R., Sjogren D.B., Burge L.M., and Thomson S. Bedrock Glacial Landforms in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section Meeting - 105th Annual Meeting, May 7-9, Mission Creek, British Columbia, Canada, 2009.

Shugar D.H., Kostaschuk R., Ashmore P., Desloges J., and Burge L. In-situ Jet Testing of the Erosional Resistance of Cohesive Sreambeds. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.  34: 1192-1195, Canada, 2007.

Burge L.M. Wandering River Island Head Diffluences (Bifurcations): Morphology and Surface Grain Size Patterns. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 31(10): 1211-1226, Canada, 2006.

Burge L.M. Wandering Miramichi Rivers, New Brunswick, Canada. Geomorphology.  69: 253-274, Canada, 2005.

Burge L.M., and Lapointe M.F. Understanding the Temporal Dynamics of the Wandering Renous River, New Brunswick, Canada. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.  30(10): 1227-1250, Canada, 2005.

Burge L.M. Testing Links Between River Patterns and In-Channel Characteristics Using MRPP and ANOVA. Geomorphology. 63(3-4):115-130, Canada, 2004.

Henry K.A., Burge L.M., and Nguyen D. Testing Differences Between Point Patterns using GIS and Bootstrapping. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 669. Springer-Verlag Heidelberg: 33-42, Canada, 2003.

Burge L.M., and Smith D.G. Confined Meandering River Eddy Accretions: Sedimentology, Channel Geometry and Depositional Processes. In: N.D. Smith and J. Rogers (Eds), Fluvial Sedimentology VI, Special Publication of the International Association of Sedimentologists. 28. Blackwell Science: 113-130, Canada, 1999.

Burge L.M., and Smith D.G. Confined Meandering River Eddy Accretion Deposits: New Insights for Hydrocarbon Sedimentologists. CSPG-SEPM Joint Convention, June 1-6, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1997.

Burge L.M. Confined Meandering River Eddy Accretion Deposits: Morphology, Sedimentology, Architecture and Significance. Presented to the Department of Geography at the 34th Annual Conference, University of Calgary, March, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1997.

Burge L.M., and Smith D.G. Confined Meandering River Eddy Accretion Deposits: Morphology, Sedimentology, Architecture and Significance. Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, March 7-8, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, 1997.

Burge L.M., and Smith D.G. Eddy Accretion Deposits in Confined Meandering River Valleys: Morphology, Sedimentology, Depositional Processes and Implications. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, October 28-31, Denver, Colorado, United States, 1996. 

Unpublished Reports

Burge, L.M. and Cuervo, V.A.  Appendix A: Hydrotechincal and Geomorphological Assessment. The Post-Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report for Mount Polley Mining Corp. Kelowna, Canada, 2015.

Zandbergen, J., Sonntag, C., Bettles, C., Burge, L.M., and Johnson, G.J., Lower Hazeltine and Edney Creek Record of Construction. for Mount Polley Mining Corporaton., Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, 2015.

Burge L.M. Analysis of Sedimentation and Sediment Mitigation Strategies for Shuttleworth Creek. Prepared for the Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Department. 100 pp, Canada, 2011.

Burge L.M. Mission Creek Channel and Streamway Width Assessment. Prepared for City of Kelowna Environment Division. 69 pp, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 2010.

Burge L.M. Analysis of Sedimentation and Sediment Mitigation Strategies for Mission Creek. Prepared for City of Kelowna Environment Division. 97 pp, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 2009.

A progress report for the Atlantic Salmon Federation. 13 pp., Canada. Burge L.M. Assessment of Side-Channel Habitat and Fish Community Structure, Little Southwest Miramichi River, New Brunswick, 2000.

Book Reviews

Burge, L.M., 2007, Review of “Geomorphology and River Management: Applications of the River Styles Framework by Gary J. Brierley and Kirstie A”. The Canadian Geographer, Vol. 51 Issue 1 pp. 109–110

Contact

Dr. Leif Burge
Geography & Earth and Environmental Science
Okanagan College
1000 KLO road
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 4X8
Email: lburge@okanagan.bc.ca