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Friday, February 17, 2017

Qatar and United Arab Emirates partner with Waterloo to study groundwater pollution in arid regions

Doha, Qatar skyline in the afternoon.

Four researchers from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are the co-recipients of a $672,000 USD grant from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) to study the fate of groundwater pollutants in arid regions.

The Waterloo team, all members of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Water Institute, are part of a consortium including researchers from Qatar University, United Arab Emirates University, Utrecht University, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Inaugural GeoFLEX demonstration a success

Sarah Griffith shown how to use ground penetrating radar by Dylan Klazinga.

Members of the University of Waterloo’s Geophysical Society (UWGS) introduced classmates to the power of remote geophysical exploration this week, demonstrating two commonly used techniques – electromagnetic induction (EMI) and ground penetrating radar (GPR) – on a section of green space between SLC and M3.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

geoLOGIC renews free departmental license for geoSCOUT software

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has received a license renewal from geoLOGIC Systems Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, for the well-known and widely used geoSCOUT™ software for research and student training.  This GIS-type software allows remote digital access and geographical analysis of the vast data banks of oil and gas well production in Alberta and elsewhere in Canada. 

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Professor David Blowes highlighted at national funding announcement

John Thompson, Bettina Hamelin, Pierre-Nicholas Roy, Cameron Stewart, John Turri, James Craig, David Blowes, MP Bardish Chagger

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program has awarded more than $11 million to the University of Waterloo. The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and member of parliament for Waterloo, made the announced Friday at Waterloo’s Science Teaching Complex on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Three Waterloo students awarded national geophysical scholarships

Max Salman receiving his award from Vince Gerrie.

The Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS) awarded Earth and Environmental Sciences students Elisa Dong, Maxime Salman and Norman Shieh KEGS Foundation scholarships for their interest and scholarship in geophysics and geophysical exploration.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Robert Janzen wins the Finnigan Northern Award for student research in the Northwest Territories

Robert Janzen

MSc student Robert Janzen was honoured this month as the first recipient of the Finnigan Northern Award for student research in the Northwest Territories for his work on improving prospecting methods for diamond deposits.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Collapsing glaciers story in The Atlantic features Professor Stephen Evans

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

The collapse of the Kolka glacier in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia back in 2002 was so unusually fast, Earth scientists like Stephen Evans, a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, thought they would never see another event like it.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Paul Karrow wins the 2016 Grand River Conservation Authority Watershed Award

Paul Karrow

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Karrow, of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was awarded a 2016 Grand River Conservation Authority Watershed Award by the Grand River Conservation Authority. This honour is given to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to conservation and environmental work in the Grand River watershed.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

20th Farvolden Lecture features consultant and alumni Roger Woeller

Roger Woeller presenting the 2016 Farvolden Lecture

Once again, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences hosted a successful and well-attended Farvolden Day – a 20th anniversary commemorative event.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

UWaterloo leads national initiative to manage hazardous waste from mining

Flooded open pit at the Faro Mine, Yukon Territory, with waste-rock stockpiles in background.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded $5.5 million to the University of Waterloo to lead a national team of experts in developing sustainable strategies for dealing with hazardous mine wastes.

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