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  1. Aug. 2, 2022Earth Adjunct Professor appointed to Expert Panel on the Future of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada
    Collage of headshots from all 11 members of Expert Panel.

    The Arctic is undergoing unprecedented changes. As a result, Northern communities, and Canada as an Arctic and maritime country, are facing profound economic, social, and ecosystem impacts. Adjunct Professor Richard Boudreault, in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been appointed as a member of the Expert Panel on the Future of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada at the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA)

  2. July 19, 2022New map shows where fracking-induced earthquakes could hit in Canada
    The map shows earthquakes related to hydraulic fracture. Major earthquakes are represented with red and white graphics.

    Scientists from the University of Waterloo have developed a map showing which regions and population centres of Western Canada are likely to experience earthquakes induced by underground energy extraction.

  3. Apr. 21, 2022Philippe Van Cappellen wins prestigious Canadian Geophysical Union Medal

    Professor Philippe Van Cappellen from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and a Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Ecohydrology, has been awarded the J. Tuzo Wilson Medal, the Canadian Geophysical Union's (CGU) greatest honour.

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