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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.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The importance of keeping the Grand River healthy

The Grand River in summer.

Professor Mark Servos, Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection and professor of Biology, Nandita Basu, professor in the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and post-doctoral fellow,

Monday, December 18, 2017

Earth Sciences PhD student wins the J. Alan George Student Leadership Award

Jennifer Mead

Jennifer Mead, a Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences with Prof. Sherry Schiff, has received the University’s J. Alan George Student Leadership Award. The graduate scholarship is awarded annually to select students within their first three terms for outstanding scholarship and student leadership.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Waterloo Earth Scientist travels to NW China to study fast and deadly loess landslides

Loess Plateau in China.

Working with researchers from Chengdu University of Technology and the State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP), Professor Stephen Evans of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is studying catastrophic landslides in China.

In October, he carried out field work in the Loess Plateau of Gansu and Ningxia Provinces, captured in these dramatic photographs.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Artificial sweeteners in groundwater indicate contamination from septic wastewater

Domestic well water monitored with a portable water quality meter prior to sampling for chemical analyses. Photo: John Spoelstra

Waterloo researchers have found that more than 30 per cent of rural groundwater samples collected in the Nottawasaga River Watershed, including those from domestic wells, show evidence for contamination by local septic system wastewater.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Brittney Glass awarded the 2017 Farvolden Scholarship

Brittney Glass

The Farvolden Scholarship, funded by Earth and Environmental Sciences alumni, was presented this year to Brittney Glass, a PhD student supervised by Prof. Dave Rudolph.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture paying off slowly

Soil runoff from a local field.

Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a recent study from the University of Waterloo.

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