Publications – Matt Sakals

Position Title: Research Geomorphologist

Contact: B.C. Government Directory

Matt conducts research on the interactions between land use and geomorphology, including both hillslope and fluvial environments. 

Current research projects

  • Dasque Creek: Understanding the downstream effects of a run-of-river project
  • Proactive Wet Weather Shutdowns: Using high-resolution weather prediction products to make forest operations safer in Coastal BC
  • Donna Creek: Understanding a small stream 25 years after a catastrophic failure
  • RPAS Testing: Assessing the accuracy of products with respect to systems and post-processing software


Listed in order of publication date.


  • Millard T, Geertsema M, Clague JJ, Bobrowsky PT, Hasler A, Sakals M.  2012.  Landslides on Haida Gwaii during and after the earthquake. Risky Ground – newsletter for the Centre for Natural Hazard Research, SFU. Winter Edition, pp. 12-13.
  • Sakals, M.E., M. Geertsema, J.W. Schwab, and V.N. Foord. 2012. The Todagin Creek landslide of October 3, 2006, Northwest British Columbia, Canada. Landslides 9(1):107-115 [Link]


  • Sakals, M.E., D.J. Wilford, D.W. Wellwood, and S.A. MacDougall. 2010. Active fans and grizzly bears: reducing risks for wilderness campers. Geomorphology 115(3-4):305-314 [Link]


  • Wilford, D.J., M.E. Sakals, W.W. Grainger, T.H. Millard, and T.R. Giles. 2009. Managing forested watersheds for hydrogeomorphic risks on fans. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Land Manag. Handb. 61. [Link]
  • Geertsema, M., J.W. Schwab, A. Blais-Stevens, and M.E. Sakals. 2009. Landslides impacting linear infrastructure in west central British Columbia. Natural Hazards 48(1):59-72. [Link]


  • Sakals, M.E., J.L. Innes, D.J. Wilford, R.C. Sidle, and G.E. Grant. 2006. The role of forests in reducing hydrogeomorphic hazards. For. Snow Landsc. Res. 80(1):11-22.


  • Wilford, D.J., M.E. Sakals, and J.L. Innes. 2005. Forest Management on Fans: Hydrogeomorphic Hazards and General Prescriptions. B.C. Min. For., Res. Br., Victoria, B.C. Land Manag. Handb. 57. [Link]
  • Wilford, D. and M. Sakals. 2005. Protection forests: Keeping watershed reserves functioning. In: Forests and natural resources in the 22nd century science forum proceedings, August 31-September 1, 2005. BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management 6(2):139-142.
  • Wilford, D.J., P. Cherubini, and M.E. Sakals. 2005. Dendroecology: A Guide for Using Trees to Date Geomorphic and Hydrologic Events. B.C. Min. For., Res. Br., Victoria, B.C. Land Manag. Handb. 58. [Link]


  • Wilford, D.J., M.E. Sakals, J.L. Innes, R.C. Sidle, and W.A. Bergerud. 2004. Recognition of debris flow, debris flood and flood hazard through watershed morphometrics. Landslides 1(1):61-66. [Link]


  • Wilford, D., M. Sakals, and J. Innes. 2003. Forestry on fans: a problem analysis. For. Chron. 79(2):291-296. [Link]


  • Wilford, D.J., M.E. Sakals, and J.L. Innes. 2002. Forestry on fans: identifying hydrogeomorphic hazards. In: Terrain stability and forest management in the interior of British Columbia: workshop proc. May 23-25 2001, Nelson, B.C., Canada. P. Jordan and J. Orban (editors). B.C. Min. For., Res. Br., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 003, pp. 191-206. [PDF 423KB]