Department Chair and Professor

The Department of Civil Engineering


Note: italics indicates work conducted with supervised student

Papers in refereed Journals (54 total):

Pilechi, A., Mohammadian, M., Rennie, C.D., Zhu, D. An efficient method for coupling field data and numerical modeling for the estimation of a transverse mixing coefficient in meandering rivers, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE), accepted, Oct 2015.

Zare, S.G.A., Moore, S.A., Rennie, C.D., Seidou, O., Ahmari, H., Malenchak, J. Boundary shear stress in an ice covered river during break-up. J. Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE), accepted, July 2015.

Tilston, M., Arnott, W., Rennie, C.D., Long, B. The influence of grain size on the velocity and concentration profiles and depositional record of turbidity currents, Geology, 43(9):839-842, doi:10.1130/G37069.1, 2015.

Ferguson, R., Church, M., Rennie, C.D., Venditti, J.G., Reconstructing a sediment pulse: modeling the effect of placer mining on Fraser River, Canada.. J. Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, accepted May 2015.

Gaskin, J., Rennie, C., Coyle, D. Reducing Periconceptional Methylmercury Exposure:  Cost-Utility Analysis for a Proposed Screening Program for Women Planning a Pregnancy in Ontario, Canada. Environmental Health Perspectives, 123(12):1337-1344, 2015.

Ferguson, S., Rennie, C.D. Comment on “A mechanistic model linking insect (Hydropsychidae) silk nets to incipient sediment motion in gravel-bedded streams” by Lindsey K. Albertson, Leonard S. Sklar, Patricia Pontau, Michelle Dow, and Bradley J. Cardinale.  J. Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, in press, May 2015.

Venditti, J.G., Domarad, N., Church, M., Rennie, C.D., Sediment dynamics through an abrupt gravel-sand transition. J. Geophysical Research -Earth Surface, accepted, April 2015.

Weiss, A., Clark, S.P., Rennie, C.D., Moore, S.A., Ahmari, H. Estimation of total suspended solids concentration from aDcp backscatter and hydraulic measurements. Journal of Hydraulic Research, accepted, July 2015.

Williams, R.D., Rennie, C.D., Brasington, J., Hicks, M., Vericat, D. Within-event spatially distributed bedload: linking fluvial sediment transport to morphological change, J. Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 120, 604–622, doi:10.1002/2014JF003346.,  2015.

Bomhof, J., Rennie, C.D., Jenkinson, R.W. Use of Local Soil and Vegetation Classifications to Improve Regional Downstream Hydraulic Geometry Relations, J. Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE) 141(5):04014090,  DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000978, 2015.  Selected as SmartBrief of the month.

Venditti, J., G., Rennie, C.D., Bomhof, J., Bradley, R.W., Little, M., Church, M. Flow in a bedrock canyon.  Nature, DOI:10.1038/nature13779, September 25, 2014.

Pilechi, A., Rennie, C.D., Mohammadian, M., Zhu, D. In situ field measurements of transverse dispersion of a wastewater effluent in an extended natural meandering river reach, Journal of Hydraulic Research, Accepted, May 2014

R.D. Williams, R.D., Brasington, J., Hicks, M., Measures, R., Rennie, C.D, Vericat, D. Hydraulic validation of two-dimensional simulations of braided river flow with spatially continuous aDcp data, Water Resources Research, 49:5183–5205, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20391, 2013.

Constantinescu, G., Kashyap, S., Tokay, T., Rennie, C.D., Townsend, R.D. Hydrodynamics Processes and Sediment Erosion Mechanisms in an Open Channel Bend of Strong Curvature with Deformed Bathymetry, J. Geophys. Res. – Earth Surface, 118(2):480-496, doi:10.1002/jgrf.20042, 2013

Orendorff, B., Nistor, I., Al-Riffai, M., Rennie, C.D., Breach Outflow Characteristics of Non-cohesive Embankment Dams Subject to Blast, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 40(3):243-253, DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2012-0303, 2013.

Jamieson, E.C., Ruta, M.A., Rennie, C.D., Townsend, R.D. Monitoring stream barb performance in a semi-alluvial meandering channel: Flow field dynamics and morphology, Ecohydrology, DOI: 10.1002/eco.1370, 2013

Ashmore, P.E., Rennie, C.D. Gravel-bed rivers: particles to patterns.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 38(2):217-220,  DOI: 10.1002/esp.3361, 2013.

Jamieson, E.C., Rennie, C.D., Townsend, R.D. Turbulence and vorticity in a laboratory channel bend at equilibrium clear-water scour with and without stream barbs (submerged groynes), Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE), 139(3):259-268, 2013.

Kachwal, L.K., Yanful, E.K., Rennie, C.D., A semi-empirical approach for estimation of bed shear stress in a tailings pond. Environmental Earth Sciences, 66(3):823-834, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-011-1292-5 , 2012.

Parker, G.T., Droste, R.L., and Rennie, C.D. Coupling Model Uncertainty for Coupled Rainfall/Runoff and Surface Water Quality Models in River Problems. Ecohydrology, DOI: 10.1002/eco.1308, 2012

Jamieson, E.C., Rennie, C.D., Townsend, R.D. 3D Flow and sediment dynamics in a laboratory channel bend with and without stream barbs (submerged groynes), Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE), 139(2), 154–166. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000655, 2013.

Kashyap, S., Constantinescu, G., Rennie, C.D., Post, G., Townsend, R. Influence of Channel Aspect Ratio and Curvature on Flow, Secondary Circulation and Bed Shear Stress in a Bend, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE), 138(12): 1045-1059, 2012.

MacVicar, B., Rennie, C.D. Secondary currents, shear stress and turbulence in a straight artificial pool. Water Resources Research, 48, W02503, doi:10.1029/2010WR009374, 2012.

Lacey, R.W.J., Rennie, C.D. Laboratory investigation of turbulent flow structure around a bed mounted cube at multiple flow stages, J.Hydraulic Eng. (ASCE), 138(1):71-84, 2012.

Jamieson, E. C., C. D. Rennie, R. B. Jacobson, and R. D. Townsend, 3-D flow and scour near a submerged wing dike: ADCP measurements on the Missouri River, Water Resour. Res., 47, W07544, doi:10.1029/2010WR010043, 2011.  Journal issue cover article.

Parker, G.T., Rennie, C.D. and Droste, R.L., Model Structure and Uncertainty for Stochastic Non-Point Source Modeling Applications, Hyd. Sci. J., 56(5),870-882, 2011.

Orendorff, B., Rennie, C.D., Nistor, I. Using LSPIV through an embankment breach channel, J. Hydro-Environment Research, Special Issue on LSPIV, 5:277-287, 2011.

Jamieson, E.C., Rennie, C.D., Jacobson, R.B., Townsend, R.D. Evaluation of ADCP bed velocity in a large sand bed river: Moving versus stationary boat conditions, J.Hydraulic Eng., 137:1064-1071, 2011

Rennie, C. D., and M. Church. Mapping spatial distributions and uncertainty of water and sediment flux in a large gravel bed river reach using an acoustic Doppler current profiler, J. Geophys. Res., 115, F03035, doi:10.1029/2009JF001556, 2010.

Kashyap, S., Doutreleau, B., Bou-Botros, G. Rennie, C.D, Townsend, R. A semi-permanent method for fixing sand beds in laboratory flumes. J. Hydraulic Res., 48(3),377-382, 2010.

Ebisa Fola, M., Rennie, C.D. Downstream hydraulic geometry of clay dominated cohesive bed rivers. J.Hydraulic Eng. (ASCE), 136(8):524-527, 2010.

Khosronejad, A., Rennie, C.D., “3D numerical modeling of unconfined and confined wall jet flow with two different turbulence models”, Can. J. Civil Eng., 37(4):576-587, 2010.

Jamieson, E., Post, G., Rennie, C.D. “Spatial variability of three dimensional Reynolds stresses in a developing channel bend”, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, DOI: 10.1002/esp.1930, 35:1029-1043, 2010.

MacVicar, B., Rennie, C.D., Roy, A.G. Discussion of “Unifying criterion for the velocity reversal hypothesis in gravel-bed rivers” by D. Caamano, J. M. Buffington, J. C.P. Liou, and S. Daley-Laursen, January 2009, Vol. 135, No. 1, p. 66-70. J.Hydraulic Eng. (ASCE), 136(8):550-552, 2010.

Parker, G.T., Droste, R.L., and Rennie, C.D. “Stochastic Calibration of Riverine Water Quality Models”. Water Environment Research, 82(2):99-108, 2010.

Rennie, C.D., Hay, A. “Reynolds stress estimates in a tidal channel from phase-wrapped ADV data”,  J. Coastal Research, 26(1):157-166, 2010.

Parker, G.T., Droste, R.L., and Rennie, C.D. “An Objective Test of Stochastic Behavior in Riverine Water Quality Models”. Water Science and Technology, 59(1):159-165, 2009.

Afzalimehr, H., Rennie, C.D. “Determination of bed shear stress using boundary layer parameters in a gravel-bed river”. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 54(1):147-159, 2009.

Sasal, M., Kashyap, S., Rennie, C.D., Nistor, I. “Artificial Neural Network for bedload estimation in alluvial rivers”, J. Hydraulic Research, 47(2):223–232, 2009.

Ashmore, P., Biron, P., Eaton, B., Rennie, C.D. “Canadian research on fluvial sediment transport and morphology since 2003”, Canadian Water Resources Journal, 34(2):149-162, 2009.

Zhang, Z., Bao, X., Rennie, C.D.,  Nistor, I., Cornett, A. “Water Wave Frequency Detection by Optical Fiber Sensor,” Optics Communication, 281(24):6011-6015, 2008.

Rennie, C.D., Rainville, F. “Improving precision in the reference velocity of ADCP measurements using a Kalman filter with GPS and bottom track”, J. Hydraulic Eng. (ASCE), 134(9):1257-1266, 2008.

Khosronejad, A., Rennie, C.D., Salehi Neyshabouri, A.A., and Gholami,.I. “Three dimensional numerical modelling of sediment release in a water reservoir”, J. Hydraulic Research,,46(2):209-223, 2008.

Rennie, C.D., Rainville, F., and Kashyap, S. “Improved estimation of ADCP bedload velocity using a real time Kalman filter”. J. Hydraulic Eng. (ASCE), 133(12):1337-1344. Special Issue on Acoustic Measurements in Rivers, 2007.

Minor, B., Rennie, C.D., Townsend, R.D. “’Barbs’ for river bend bank protection: application of a three-dimensional numerical model”, Can. J. Civil Eng. 34:1087-1095, 2007.

Khosronejad, A., Rennie, C.D., Salehi Neyshabouri, A.A., Townsend, R.D. “3D Numerical Modeling of Flow and Sediment Transport in laboratory channel bends”,  J. Hydraulic Eng. (ASCE). 133(10):1123-1134, 2007.

Rennie, C.D., Millar, R.G. “A deconvolution technique to separate signal from noise in gravel bedload velocity data”, J. Hydraulic Eng. (ASCE), 133(8):845-856, 2007.

Rennie, C.D., Rainville, F. “Case study of precision of GPS differential correction strategies: Influence on aDcp velocity and discharge estimates”, J. Hydraulic Eng. (ASCE), 132(3):225-234, 2006.

Rennie, C.D., Villard, P.V. Site specificity of bedload measurement using an aDcp. J. Geophysical Research (Earth Surface), Vol. 109, No. F3, F03003, 10.1029/2003JF000106, 29 July 2004.

Rennie, C.D., Millar, R.G. Measurement of the spatial distribution of fluvial bedload transport velocity in both sand and gravel. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 29(10):1173-1193, 2004.

Rennie, C.D., Millar, R.G., Church, M.A., Measurement of bedload velocity using an acoustic Doppler current profiler. J. Hydraulic Eng. (ASCE). 128:473-483, 2002.

Millar, R.G., Rennie, C.D., Comment on “Effects of hydraulic roughness on surface textures of gravel-bed rivers”, by J.M. Buffington and D.R. Montgomery. Water Resources Research 35:1527-1528, 2001.

Rennie, C.D., Millar, R.G. Spatial variability of stream bed scour and fill: a comparison of scour depth in chum salmon (Oncorynchus keta) redds and adjacent bed. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 57:928-938, 2000.

Rennie, C.D., Millar, R.G. Discussion of “Estimation of gravel-bed river flow resistance”, by H. Afzalimehr and F. Anctil. J. Hydraulic Eng. (ASCE). 125:1317-1319, 1999.

Chapters in Books

Jochen Aberle, Vladimir Nikora, Colin D. Rennie, (2012), “Evolution of Environmental Hydraulic Instrumentation and Experimental Methods”, in Hydraulic Structures Equipment and Water Data Acquisition System,[Eds.Jan Malan Jordaan, Alexander Bell],in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems(EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK, [] [Retrieved] December 17, 2012]

Rennie, C.D. (2012).  “Mapping water and sediment flux distributions in gravel-bed rivers using aDcps” in  Gravel-bed rivers: processes, tools, environments. Church, M., Biron, P. and Roy, A.G., editors. Chichester, John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-68890-8.

Gaskin, J. Rennie, C.D. (2010) “Measurement of fluvial bedload with an aDcp” subchapter of “Surrogate Technologies for Monitoring Bed-Load Transport in Rivers” J. Gray and J. Gartner (eds.), in Sedimentology of Aqueous Systems, Wiley & Blackwell.

Ramooz, R., Rennie, C.D., (2010) “Laboratory measurement of bedload with an ADCP”, in, Gray, J.R., Laronne, J.B., and Marr, J.D.G, Bedload-surrogate monitoring technologies: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5091, available online at:

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