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Senior Scholar

Bill Rannie

Dr. Bill Rannie (retired)



B.A. (Queen's)
M.Sc. (Queen's)
Ph.D. (Toronto)

Areas of Interest:
Arctic Canada
Historic hydrometeorology

Research Interests:
Historic hydrology of the eastern Prairies and NW Ontario.
Evolution of the lower Assiniboine River.
Bank failure of the Red River in the 19th Century.

Selected Publications:
Rannie, W. F., 2017  “Landscapes of the Assiniboine River Watershed,”  Chapter 9 in O. Slaymaker (ed.), 2017. Landscapes and Landforms of Western Canada. World Geomorphological Landscapes. Springer  International Publishing, Switzerland, 131-142.

 Rannie, William, 2015 “The 1997 flood event in the Red River basin: Causes, assessment and damages.”  Canadian Water Resources Journal/Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques, 1004198.

Blais, E-L, S. Clark, K. Dow, B. Rannie, T. Stadnyk, and L. Wazny, 2015  “Background to flood control measures in the Red and Assiniboine River basins.”  Canadian Water Resources Journal/Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques . 2015.1036123

Rannie, W.F., 2010 "One damned thing after another: The environmental challenges of the Red River Settlement" in A. Lindsay and J. Ching (ed.), Papers of the Rupert's Land Colloquium, University of Winnipeg, 353-374

Rannie, W.F., 2011 "Could the Red River channel have been narrower in the early 19th Century?" Prairie Perspectives: Geographical Essays, 13, 1-11.

Rannie, W.F., 2006 "A comparision of 1858-59 and 2000-2001 drought patterns on the Canadian Prairies" Canadian Water Resources Journal, 31(4), 263-274.

Rannie, W.F., 2006 "Evidence for episodes of unusually wet 19th Century summers in the eastern Prairies and northwestern Ontario" Prairie Perspectives: Geographical Essays, 9(1), 85-104.

Rannie, W.F., 2006 "Summer rainfall on the Prairies during the Palliser and Hind Expeditions, 1857-59." Prairie Forum, 31 (1), 17-38.

Rannie, W.F., 2005 "Pre-20th Century settlement at the Forks and flooding" in Geomorphic Systems in the Red River Valley, Manitoba, Field Trip Guide, 16-21.

Rannie, W.F., 2003 "Some observations on peak stages during the 1826 Red River flood and the "Fleming Conundrum", in D. Eberts and D. Wiseman (ed.), Prairie Perspectives: Geographical Essays, vol. 6, 1-15.

St. George, S. and B. Rannie, 2003  "The causes, progression and magnitude of the 1826 Red River Flood in Manitoba" Canadian Water Resources Journal, vol. 28, no. 1, 99-120.

Rannie, W.F., 2002 "The role of the Assiniboine River in the 1826 and 1852 Red River floods" in B. Thraves (ed.), Prairie Perspectives, Geographical Essays, vol. 5, pp. 56-75.

Rannie, W.F., 2001 "The 'Grass Fire Era' on the southeastern Canadian prairies" in D. Munski (ed.), Prairie Perspectives, Geographical Essays, vol. 4, pp. 1-19.

Rannie, W.F., 2001 "Assessment of the historic hydrology of the Assiniboine River and watershed, 1793-1870" Geological Survey of Canada Open-File 4087, Ottawa, 245 p.

Rannie, W.F., 2001 "Awful Splendor: Historical accounts of prairie fire in southern Manitoba prior to 1870" Prairie Forum, vol 26 (1), Spring, pp. 17-46.

Rannie, W.F., 1999 "An historical perspective on flooding in the Red River valley" in Proceedings, Red River Flooding, Decreasing Our Risks, Winnipeg, pp. I:1-I:24. 

Rannie, W.F., 1999 "A geomorphological perspective on the antiquity of the "Forks" Manitoba Archaeological Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 103-113.

Rannie, W.F., 1999 "Manitoba flood protection and control strategies" Proceedings, 91st Annual Meeting, North Dakota Academy of Science, vol. 53, pp. 38-43.

Rannie, W.F., 1999 "A survey of hydroclimate, flooding, and runoff in the Red River basin prior to 1870" Geological Survey of Canada, Open-File Report 3705, Ottawa, 189 p.; also published on the International Joint Commission web site- International Red River Basin Task Force, Related Publications,

Rannie, W.F., 1998 "The 1997 Red River flood in Manitoba, Canada" in J.Lehr and H.J.Selwood (eds.), Prairie Perspectives: Geographical Essays, Vol. 1, University of Winnipeg, pp. 1-24.

Wiche, G.J., R.M. Lent, W.F. Rannie, and A.V. Vecchio, 1997 "A history of lake-level fluctuations for Devil's Lake, North Dakota, since the early 1800's" Proceedings, North Dakota Academy of Science, Vol. 51, pp. 34-39.

Wiche, G.J., R.M. Lent and W. F. Rannie, 1996 "'Late Little Ice Age' aridity in the North American Great Plains: a comment on Fritz, Engstrom and Haskell" Holocene, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 489-90.

Rannie, W. F. and D. Blair, 1995 "Historic and recent analogues for the extreme 1993 summer precipitation in the North American mid-continent" Weather, Vol. 50, No. 6, pp. 193-200.

Blair, D. and W. F. Rannie, 1994 ""Wading to Pembina": 1849 spring and summer weather in the valley of the Red River of the North and some climatic implications" Great Plains Research, Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 3-26.

Rannie, W.F., 1992 "The role of frost as a limiting factor to wheat production in the Red River settlement" Prairie Forum, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 1-12.

Rannie, W. F., 1990 "Change in frost season characteristics in Winnipeg, 1872-1988" Climatological Bulletin, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 168-177.

Rannie, W. F., 1990 "The Portage la Prairie `Floodplain Fan'" in A. H. Rachocki and M. Church (eds.), Alluvial Fans: A Field Approach, John Wiley and Sons, London, pp. 179-193.

Rannie, W. F., L. H. Thorleifson and J. T. Teller, 1989 "Holocene evolution of the Assiniboine River paleochannels and Portage la Prairie alluvial fan" Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 26, pp. 1834-1841.

Rannie, W. F. and E. Punter, 1987 "Survey of existing data on levels and sources of mercury within the region covered by the Canada-Manitoba Mercury Agreement" Technical Appendix 2, Summary Report, Canada-Manitoba Agreement on the Study and Monitoring of Mercury in the Churchill River Diversion, Environment Canada/Manitoba Department of the Environment, 131 pp.

Rannie, W. F., 1986 "Summer air temperature and number of vascular species in Arctic Canada" Arctic, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 133-137.

Rannie, W. F., 1983 "Breakup and freezeup of the Red River at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in the 19th Century and some climatic implications" Climatic Change, Vol. 5, pp. 283-296.

Rannie, W. F., 1980 "The Red River flood control system and recent flood events" Water Resources Bulletin, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 207-214.

Rannie, W. F., 1978 "An approach to the prediction of suspended sediment rating curves" Chapter 7 in Research in Fluvial Geomorphology, Geo Abstracts Ltd., Norwich, England, pp. 149-167.

Rannie, W. F., 1977 "A note on the effect of a glacier on the summer thermal climate of an ice-marginal area" Arctic and Alpine Research, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 301-304.

McPherson, H. J. and W. F. Rannie, 1969 "Geomorphic effects of the May 1967 flood in Graburn watershed, Cypress Hills, Alberta, Canada" Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 9, pp. 307-321.

Ostrem, G., C. W. Bridge, and W. F. Rannie, 1967 "Glacio-hydrology, discharge and sediment transport in the Decade Glacier area, Baffin Island, N.W.T." Geografiska Annaler, Vol. 49, Ser. A, nos. 2-4, pp. 268-282.


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