Masaki Hayashi

Masaki Hayashi

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Office: ES278


Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, 1997

M.S. Earth Sciences, Chiba University, 1990

B.S. Earth Sciences, Waseda University, 1986


Areas of Research


Physical Hydrology is the study of physical processes in the hydrologic cycle.

My research generally combines detailed field observation and experiments with mathematical analysis.

The major topics of my current research are the following:

  • Alpine hydrology in the Rockies
  • Permafrost Hydrology in the Sub-Arctic
  • Hydrology of Seasonaly Frozen Soil
  • Prairie Hydrology
  • Hydrology of Banff Hot Springs


The research is carried out by a dedicated group of students, technicians, and postdoctoral fellows .

Please contact us by e-mail , if you want to join our research team. If you are interested in the graduate study in physical hydrology, please look up the Graduate School Info for the Department of Geoscience.

Our research group is part of CREATE for Water Security program.


  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research. 2019
  • Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer, National Groundwater Association. 2018
  • Chinese Academy of Science, Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientist, 2012
  • Canadian Geophysical Union Meritorious Service Award, 2011
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), 2007
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Invitation Fellowship, 2004


  • Regional-scale mapping of a depression-focussed groundwater recharge rate in the prairie landscape of Alberta. Masaki Hayashi; S. L. Noorduijn; I. Pavlovskii. (2017)
  • Integration of aquifer tests, borehole logs and surface geophysics for heterogeneous aquifer characterization. L. R. Bentley; P. Abdrakhimova; Masaki Hayashi. (2017)

In the News

  • The hydrologic cycle. (2018)

More Information



  • Pavlovskii, I., Hayashi, M. and Cey, E.E. 2019. Estimation of depression-focussed groundwater recharge using chloride mass balance: Problems and solutions across scales. Hydrogeology Journal , 27: 2263-2278.
  • Spence, C. and 15 others. 2019. Prairie Water: A Global Water Futures project to enhance the resilience of prairie communities through sustainable water management. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 44: 115-126.
  • Harrington, J.S. and Hayashi, M. 2019. Application of distributed temperature sensing for mountain permafrost mapping. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 30: 113-120.
  • Quinton, W.L. and 14 others. 2019. A synthesis of three decades of eco-hydrological research at Scotty Creek, NWT, Canada. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23: 2015-2039.
  • Pavlovskii, I., Hayashi, M. and Itenfisu, D. 2019. Effects of midwinter snowmelt on runoff generation and groundwater recharge in the Canadian prairies. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23: 1867-1883.
  • He, J. and Hayashi, M. 2019. Lake O'Hara alpine hydrological observatory: Hydrological and meteorological dataset, 2004-2017. Earth System Science Data, 11: 111-117.


  • Mohammed, A.A., Kurylyk, B.L., Cey, E.E. and Hayashi, M. 2018. Snowmelt infiltration and macropore flow in frozen soils: overview, knowledge gaps and a conceptual framework. Vadose Zone Journal, 17: 180084.
  • Rodríguez-Rodríguez, M., Fernández-Ayuso, A., Hayashi, M. and Moral, F. 2018. Using water temperature, electrical conductivity, and pH to characterize surface – groundwater relations in a shallow ponds system (Doñana National Park, SW Spain). Water, 10: 1406.
  • Noorduijn, S.L., Hayashi, M., Mohammed, G.A. and Mohammed, A.A. 2018. A coupled soil water balance model for simulating depression-focused groundwater recharge. Vadose Zone Journal, 17: 170176.
  • Harrington, J.S., Mozil, A., Hayashi, M. and Bentley, L.R. 2018. Groundwater flow and storage processes in an inactive rock glacier. Hydrological Processes, 32: 3070-3088.
  • Pavlovskii, I., Hayashi, M. and Lennon, M.R. 2018. Transformation of snow isotopic signature along groundwater recharge pathways in the Canadian Prairies. Journal of Hydrology, 563: 1147-1160.
  • Guest, G. and 18 others. 2018. Comparing the performance of the DNDC, Holos and VSMB models for predicting the water partitioning of various crops and sites across Canada. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 98: 212-231.
  • Connon, R., Devoie, E., Hayashi, M., Veness, T. and Quinton, W.L. 2018. The influence of shallow taliks on permafrost thaw and active layer dynamics in subarctic Canada. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 123: 281-297.
  • Harrington, J.S., Hayashi, M. and Kurylyk, B.L. 2017. Influence of a rock glacier spring on the stream energy budget and cold-water refuge in an alpine stream. Hydrological Processes, 31: 4719–4733.
  • Okkonen, P., Ala-aho, P., Hänninen, M., Hayashi, M., Sutinen, R. and Liwata, P. 2017. Multi-year simulation and model calibration of soil moisture and temperature profiles in till soil. European Journal of Soil Science, 68: 629-639.
  • Kurylyk, B.L. and Hayashi, M. 2017. Inferring hydraulic properties of alpine aquifers from the propagation of diurnal snowmelt signals. Water Resources Research, 53: 4271-4285.
  • Niazi, A., Bentley, L.R. and Hayashi, M. 2017. Estimation of spatial distribution of groundwater recharge from stream baseflow and groundwater chloride. Journal of Hydrology, 546:380-392.


  • Hayashi, M., van der Kamp, G. and Rosenberry, D.O. 2016. Hydrology of prairie wetlands: Understanding the integrated surface-water and groundwater processes. Wetlands, 36: S237-S254.
  • van der Kamp, G., Hayashi, M., Bedard-Haughn, A. and Pennock, D. 2016. Prairie pothole wetlands – suggestions for practical and objective definition and terminology. Wetlands, 36: S229-S235.
  • Paznekas, A. and Hayashi, M. 2016. Groundwater contribution to winter streamflow in the Canadian Rockies. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 41: 484-499.
  • Pan, X., Yang, D., Li, Y., Barr, A., Helgason, W., Hayashi, M., Marsh, P., Pomeroy, J. and Janowicz, R.J. 2016. Bias corrections of precipitation measurements across experimental sites in different ecoclimatic regions of western Canada. The Cryosphere, 10: 2347-2360.
  • Kurylyk, B.L., Hayashi, M., Quinton, W.L., McKenzie, J.M. and Voss, C.I. 2016. Effects of surface warming and lateral conduction on discontinuous permafrost thaw, landscape transition, and groundwater flow. Water Resources Research, 52: 1286-1305.
  • Kurylyk, B.L. and Hayashi, M. 2016. Improved Stefan equation correction factors to accommodate soil sensible heat storage during freezing or thawing. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 27: 189-203.
  • Bentley, L.R., Hayashi, M., Zimmermanm E.P., Holmden, C. and Kelley, L.I. 2016. Geologically controlled bi-directional exchange of groundwater with a hypersaline lake in the Canadian prairies. Hydrogeology Journal, 24: 877-892.
  • Little, E.A., Hayashi, M. and Liang, S. 2016. Community-based groundwater monitoring network using a citizen-science approach. Groundwater, 54: 317-324.
  • Buttle, J.M., Allen, D.M., Caissie, D., Davison, B., Hayashi, M., Peters, D.L., Pomeroy, J.W., Simonovic, S., St-Hilaire, A. and Whitfield, P.H. 2016.
  • Flood processes in Canada: Regional and special aspects. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 41: 7-30.
  • Patankar, R., Quinton, W.L., Hayashi, M. and Baltzer, J.L. 2015. Sap flow responses to seasonal thaw and permafrost degradation in a subarctic boreal peatland. Trees, .29: 129-142.
  • Hood, J.L. and Hayashi, M. 2015. Characterization of snowmelt flux and groundwater storage in an alpine headwater basin. Journal of Hydrology, 521: 482-497.


  • Hayashi, M. and Farrow, C.R. 2014. Watershed-scale response of groundwater recharge to inter-annual and inter-decadal variability in precipitation. Hydrogeology Journal, 22: 1825-1839.
  • Connon, R.F., Quinton, W.L., Craig, J.C., and Hayashi, M. 2014. The effect of permafrost thaw on rising stream flows in the lower Liard River valley, NWT, Canada. Hydrological Processes, 28: 4163-4178
  • Magnusson, J., Kobierska, F., Huxol, S., Hayashi, M., Jonas, T. and Kirchner, J.W. 2014. Melt water driven stream and groundwater stage fluctuations on a glacier forefield (Dammagletscher, Switzerland). Hydrological Processes,  28: 823-836.
  • Moncur, M.C.,  Ptacek, C.J., Hayashi, M., Birks, S.J., and Blowes, D.W. 2014. Seasonal cycling and mass-loading of dissolved metals and sulfate discharging from an abandoned mine site in northern Canada. Applied Geochemistry, 41: 176-188.
  • Raleigh, M.S., Landry, C., Hayashi, M., Quinton, W.L., Lundquist, J.D. 2013. Improved approximation of snow surface temperature with common meteorological variables: tools for detecting bias in snowmelt modeling. Water Resources Research, 49: 8053-8069.
  • Langston, G., Hayashi, M. and Roy, J.W. 2013. Quantifying groundwater – surface water interactions in a proglacial moraine using heat and solute tracers. Water Resources Research, 49: 5411-5426.
  • McClymont, A.F., Hayashi, M., Bentley, L.R. and Christensen, B.S. 2013. Geophysical imaging and thermal modeling of subsurface morphology and thaw evolution of discontinuous permafrost. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 118: 1826-1837.
  • Hayashi, M. 2013. The cold vadose zone: Hydrological and ecological significance of frozen-soil processes. Vadose Zone Journal, 12, doi:10.2136/vzj2013.03.0064
  • Mohammed, G.A., Hayashi, M., Farrow, C.R. and Takano, Y. 2013. Improved representation of frozen soil processes in the Versatile Soil Moisture Budget model. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 93: 511-531.
  • Heagle, D.J., Hayashi, M. and van der Kamp, G. 2013. Surface-subsurface salinity distribution and exchange in a closed-basin prairie wetland. Journal of Hydrology, 478: 1-14.
  • Toride, N., Watanabe, K. and Hayashi, M. 2013. Special section: Progress in modeling and characterization of frozen soil processes. Vadose Zone Journal, 12, doi:10.2136/vzj2013.01.0001.
  • Nagare, R.M., Schincariol, R.A., Quinton, W.L. and Hayashi, M. 2013. Measuring saturated hydraulic conductivity and anisotropy of peat by a modified split-cube method. Hydrogeology Journal, 21: 515-520.


  • Hayashi, M., Vogt, T., Mächler, L. and Schirmer, M. 2012. Diurnal fluctuations of electrical conductivity in a pre-alpine river: Effects of photosynthesis and groundwater exchange. Journal of Hydrology, 450-451: 93-104.
  • Nagare, R.M., Schincariol, R.A., Quinton, W.L. and Hayashi, M. 2012. Moving the field into the lab: Simulation of water and heat transport in sub-Arctic peat. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 23: 237-243.
  • McClymont, A.F., Hayashi, M., Bentley, L.R. and Liard, J. 2012. Locating and characterising groundwater storage areas within an alpine watershed using time-lapse gravity, GPR and seismic refraction methods. Hydrological Processes, 26: 1792-1804.
  • Zaitlin, B. and Hayashi, M. 2012. Interactions between soil biota and the effects on geomorphological features. Geomorphology, 157-158: 142-152.
  • Nagare, R.M., Schincariol, R.A., Quinton, W.L. and Hayashi, M. 2012. Effects of freezing on soil temperature, frost propagation and moisture redistribution in peat: laboratory investigations. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16:501-515.
  • Roy, J.W., Zaitlin, B., Hayashi, M. and Watson, S. 2011. Influence of groundwater spring discharge on small-scale spatial variation of an alpine stream ecosystem. Ecohydrology, 4: 661-670.
  • Hirota, T., Usuki, K., Hayashi, M., Nemoto, M., Iwata, Y., Yanai, Y. and Inoue, S. 2011. Soil frost control: Agricultural adaptation to climate variability  in a cold region of Japan. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 16:791-802.
  • Langston, G., Bentley, L.R., Hayashi, M. and McClymont, A.F. 2011. Internal structure and hydrological functions of an alpine proglacial moraine. Hydrological Processes, 25: 2967-2982.
  • Muir, D.L., Hayashi, M. and McClymont, A.F. 2011. Hydrological storage and transmission characteristics of an alpine talus. Hydrological Processes, 25: 2954-2966.
  • Nagare, R.M., Schincariol, R.A., Quinton, W.L. and Hayashi, M. 2011. Laboratory calibration of time domain reflectometry to determine moisture content in undisturbed peat samples. European Journal of Soil Science, 62: 505-515.
  • Quinton, W.L., Hayashi, M. and Chasmer, L.E. 2011. Permafrost thaw induces land-cover change in the Canadian subarctic: Implications for water resources. Hydrological Processes, 25: 152-158.
  • McClymont, A.F., Roy, J.W., Hayashi, M., Bentley, L.R., Maurer, H. and Langston, G. 2011. Imaging groundwater flow paths within proglacial moraine using multiple geophysical methods. Journal of Hydrology, 399: 57-69.


  • Tóth, J. and Hayashi, M. 2010. The theory of basinal gravity flow of groundwater and its impacts on hydrology in Japan. Journal of Groundwater Hydrology, 52: 335-354.
  • Iwata, Y., Hayashi, M., Suzuki, S., Hirota, T. and Hasegawa, S. 2010. Effects of snowcover on soil freezing, water movement and snowmelt infiltration: A paired plot experiment. Water Resources Research, 46, W09504, doi:10.1029/2009/WR008070.
  • Burns, E.R., Bentley, L.R., Hayashi, M., Grasby, S.E., Hamlin, A.P. and Smith, D.G. 2010. Hydrogeological implications of paleo-fluvial architecture for the Paskapoo Formation, SW Alberta: a stochastic analysis. Hydrogeology Journal, 18: 1375–1390.
  • Iwata, Y., Hirota, T., Hayashi, M., Suzuki, S. and Hasegawa, S. 2010. Effects of frozen soil and snow cover on cold-season soil water dynamics in Tokachi, Japan. Hydrological Processes, 24: 1755-1765.
  • Hood, J.L. and Hayashi, M. 2010. Assessing the application of a laser rangefinder for determining snow depth in inaccessible alpine terrain. Hydrology and Earth System Science, 14: 901-910.
  • McClymont, A. Hayashi, M., Bentley, L.R., Muir, D.L. and Kruschell, E. 2010. Groundwater flow and storage within an alpine meadow-talus complex. Hydrology and Earth System Science, 14: 859-872.
  • Brimelow, J.C., Hanesiak, J.M., Raddatz, R.L. and Hayashi, M. 2010. Validation of ET estimates from the Canadian prairie agrometeorological model for contrasting vegetation types and growing seasons. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 35: 209-230.
  • Hayashi, M., Jackson, J.F. and Xu, L. 2010. Application of the Versatile Soil Moisture Budget model to estimate evaporation from prairie grassland. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 35: 187-208.
  • Quinton, W.L., Hayashi, M. and Chasmer, L. 2009. Peatland hydrology of discontinuous permafrost in the Northwest Territories: Overview and synthesis. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 34: 311-328.
  • Roy, J.W. and Hayashi, M. 2009. Multiple, distinct groundwater flow systems of a single moraine-talus feature in an alpine watershed. Journal of Hydrology, 373: 139-150.
  • Hayashi, M. and van der Kamp, G. 2009. Progress in scientific studies of groundwater in the hydrologic cycle in Canada, 2003-2007. Canadian Water Resources Journal , 34: 177-186.
  • Wright, N., Hayashi, M. and Quinton, W.L. 2009. Spatial and temporal variations in active-layer thawing and their implication on runoff generation. Water Resources Research, 45, W05414, doi:10.1029/2008WR006880.
  • Hirota, T., Iwata, Y., Nemoto, M., Hamasaki, T., Sameshima, R. and Hayashi, M. 2009. Seasonal and annual water balance of agricultural land in Tokachi, Hokkaido, Japan. Journal of Agricultural Meteorology, 65: 69-76.
  • van der Kamp, G. and Hayashi, M. 2009. Groundwater-wetland ecosystem interaction in the semiarid glaciated plains of North America. Hydrogeology Journal, 17: 203-214.
  • Hopkinson, C., Hayashi, M. and Peddle, D. 2009. Comparing alpine watershed attributes from LiDAR, photogrammetric, and contour-based digital elevation models. Hydrological Processes, 23: 451-463.
  • Roy, J.W., Robillard, J.M., Watson, S.B. and Hayashi, M. 2009. Non-intrusive characterization methods for wastewater-affected groundwater plumes discharging to an alpine lake. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 149: 201-211.


  • Iwata, Y., Hayashi, M. and Hirota, T. 2008. Effects of snow cover on soil heat flux and freeze-thaw processes. Journal of Agricultural Meteorology, 64: 301-308.
  • Wright, N., Quinton, W.L. and Hayashi, M. 2008. Hillslope runoff from ice-cored peat plateau in a discontinuous permafrost basin, Northwest Territories, Canada. Hydrological Processes, 22: 2816-2828.
  • Quinton, W.L., Hayashi, M. and Carey, S.K. 2008. Peat hydraulic conductivity in cold regions and its relation to pore size and geometry. Hydrological Processes, 22: 2829-2837.
  • Roy, J.W. and Hayashi, M. 2008. Groundwater exchange with two small alpine lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Hydrological Processes, 22: 2838-2846.
  • Iwata, Y., Hayashi, M. and Hirota, T. 2008. Comparison of snowmelt infiltration under different soil-freezing conditions influenced by snow cover. Vadose Zone Journal, 7: 79-86.
  • Grieef, L.A. and Hayashi, M. 2007. Establishing a rural groundwater monitoring network using existing wells: West Nose Creek pilot study, Alberta. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 32: 303-314.
  • Heagle, D.J., Hayashi, M. and van der Kamp, G. 2007. Use of solute mass balance to quantify geochemical processes in a prairie recharge wetland. Wetlands, 27: 806-818.
  • Hayashi, M., Goeller, G., Quinton, W.L. and Wright, N. 2007. A simple heat-conduction method for simulating the frost-table depth in hydrological models. Hydrological Processes, 21: 2610-2622.
  • Zaitlin, B., Hayashi, M. and Clapperton, J. 2007. Distribution of northern pocket gopher burrows, earthworms and effects on infiltration in a prairie landscape in Alberta, Canada. Applied Soil Ecology, 37:88-94.


  • Hirota, T., Iwata, Y., Hayashi, M., Suzuki, S., Hamasaki, T., Sameshima, R. and Takayabu, I. 2006. Decreasing soil-frost depth and its relation to climate change in Tokachi, Hokkaido, Japan. Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, 84: 821-833.
  • Hayashi, M. 2006. Young scientist's guide for graduate study and employment abroad -- A Canadian experience. Climate in Biosphere, 6: 45-50. [in Japanese]
  • Hood, J.L., Roy, J.W. and Hayashi M. 2006. Importance of groundwater in the water balance of an alpine headwater lake. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L13405, doi:10.1029/2006GL026611.
  • Hayashi, M., Hirota, T., Iwata, Y. and Takayabu, I. 2005. Snowmelt energy balance and its relation to foehn events in Tokachi, Japan. Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, 83: 783-798.
  • Hirota, T, Y. Iwata, T. Hamasaki, R. Sameshima, and M. Hayashi, 2005. Micrometeorological conditions and the thermal and moisture characteristics of seasonally frozen soil in eastern Hokkaido. Journal of Agricultural Meteorology, 60: 673-676.


  • Hayashi, M. and W.L. Quinton. 2004. A constant-head wellpermeameter method for measuring field-saturated hydraulic conductivityabove an impermeable layer. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 84: 255-264.
  • Parsons, D.F., M. Hayashi and G. van der Kamp. 2004. Infiltration and solute transport under a seasonal wetland: Bromide tracer experiments in Saskatoon, Canada. Hydrological Processes, 18: 2011-2027.
  • Hayashi, M., W.L. Quinton, A. Pietroniro, and J.J. Gibson. 2004. Hydrologic functions of wetlands in a discontinuous permafrost basin indicated by isotopic and chemical signatures. Journal of Hydrology, 296: 81-97.
  • Berthold, S., L.R. Bentley and M. Hayashi. 2004. Integrated hydrogeological and geophysical study of depression-focused groundwater recharge in the Canadian prairies. Water Resources Research, 40, W06505, doi:10.1029/2003WR002982
  • Hayashi, M. 2004. Temperature-electrical conductivity relation of water for environmental monitoring and geophysical data inversion. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 96: 121-130.
  • Quinton, W.L., M. Hayashi and A. Pietroniro. 2003. Connectivity and storage functions of channel fens and flat bogs in northern basins. Hydrological Processes, 17: 3665-3684.
  • van der Kamp, G., M. Hayashi and D. Gallen. 2003. Comparing the hydrology of grassed and cultivated catchments in the semi-arid Canadian prairies. Hydrological Processes, 17: 559-575.
  • Hayashi, M., G. van der Kamp and R. Schmidt. 2003. Focused infiltration of snowmelt water in partially frozen soil under small depressions. Journal of Hydrology, 270: 214-229.


  • Hayashi, M. and D.O. Rosenberry, 2002. Effects of groundwater exchange on the hydrology and ecology of surface waters. Ground Water, 40: 309-316.
  • Brooks, R.T. and M. Hayashi., 2002. Depth-area-volume and hydroperiod relationships of ephemeral (vernal) forest pools in southern New England. Wetlands, 22: 247-255.
  • Hayashi, M. and D.O. Rosenberry, 2001. Effects of groundwater exchange on the hydrology and ecology of surface waters. Journal of Groundwater Hydrology, 43: 327-341


  • Hayashi, M. and G. van der Kamp, 2000. Simple equations to represent the volume-area-depth relations of shallow wetlands in small topographic depressions. Journal of Hydrology, 237: 74-85.
  • van der Kamp, G. and M. Hayashi, 1998. The groundwater recharge function of small wetlands in the semi-arid Northern Prairies. Great Plains Research, 8: 39-56.
  • Hayashi, M., G. van der Kamp and D.L. Rudolph, 1998. Water and solute transfer between a prairie wetland and adjacent uplands, 1. Water balance. Journal of Hydrology, 207: 42-55.
  • Hayashi, M., G. van der Kamp and D.L. Rudolph, 1998. Water and solute transfer between a prairie wetland and adjacent uplands, 2. Chloride cycle. Journal of Hydrology, 207: 56-67.
  • Hayashi, M., G. van der Kamp and D.L. Rudolph, 1997. Use of tensiometer response time to determine the hydraulic conductivity of unsaturated soil. Soil Science, 162: 566-575.