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Thursday, September 6, 2018

New campus pianos aim to open hearts and minds

Max Salman stands in front of the latest open piano located in the Peter Russell Rock Garden.

Music is in the air at Waterloo thanks to two new outdoor pianos in front of the Dana Porter Library and the Peter Russell Rock Garden. The pianos appeared thanks to the efforts of Max Salman, a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Early ocean anoxia may have led to first mass extinction event

Dengying Formation (South China)

A new study by an international collaboration involving Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Brian Kendall suggests the world’s first mass extinction event 540 million years ago was caused by a widespread loss of dissolved oxygen in the Earth’s oceans.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Phosphexᵀᴹ wraps up field testing as a $10 million George Barley Water Prize contender

Phosphex field testing in Holland Marsh, Ontario.

Today, the University of Waterloo PhosphexTM team wraps up its field tests where they’ve demonstrated their technology’s ability to remove phosphorus from Holland Marsh in Bradford, Ontario.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Water Institute announces latest Seed Grants

Plant growing in a chemistry flask

Four interdisciplinary teams led by University of Waterloo researchers are set to advance water research in creative, unconventional ways. New approaches to detect and manage micropollutants, techniques that predict the impacts of climate change on snow and lakes, and new modelling techniques will be explored through $69,000 in Water Institute seed grants.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gulf of Mexico dead zone not expected to shrink anytime soon

Satellite image of the northern Gulf of Mexico in April 2009. Image credit: NASA.

Achieving water quality goals for the Gulf of Mexico may take decades, according to findings by researchers at the University of Waterloo.

The results, published today in Science, suggest that policy goals for reducing the size of the northern Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone may be unrealistic, and that major changes in agricultural and river management practices may be necessary to achieve the desired improvements in water quality.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sixth Annual World Wetlands Day Celebration at University of Waterloo

Crowd listening to a presentation by Bruce MacVicar

Friday, February 2 marked the Ecohydrology Research Group’s sixth annual World Wetlands Day (WWD) celebration at the University of Waterloo. This year’s program featured research presentations, three-minute student presentations, a student poster competition, and an evening public lecture.The symposium had over 90 registrants and was attended by researchers from various universities across southwestern Ontario as well as members of the general public. It even got a Twitter-nod from MP of Waterloo Bardish Chagger.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Groundwater study of Kurikka region goes international

Martin Ross and colleagues on site in Finland.

Associate Prof. Martin Ross is starting a new collaboration with the Geological Survey of Finland who has been involved in a large groundwater study in the municipality of Kurikka in western Finland.

The purpose of the study is to improve understanding of the groundwater system and to assess the quality and quantity of the water resources. A three-dimensional model of the subsurface geology will be developed followed by detailed groundwater flow modelling.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Two major avalanches linked to climate change, according to international study involving Waterloo

LANDSAT-8 image (obtained October 14, 2016) of the July (upper) and September (lower) glacier collapses in Western Tibet.

A study released today in Nature Geoscience describes how climate change played a major role in the massive catastrophic collapse of two glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau in July and September 2016.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New undergrad course exposes students to the quantitative side of water quality

Chris Parsons on a sampling trip in Coot's Paradise near Toronto.

Chris Parsons canoeing to a sampling site in Coot's Paradise near Toronto.

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