News archive - August 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Major awards will help fund transformational research in Environment

Dawn Parker Outside

Two terrestrial ecology researchers in Environment and Resource Studies have received significant funding for their work from The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). 

Two other research projects, one in the School of Planning, and another in Environment and Resource Studies received Partnership Development grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) worth approximately $200,000 each over three years.

Friday, August 22, 2014

GIS whiz chosen for ESRI student assistantship

Anushi at a desk

Anushi De Silva, a graduate student of Dr. Brad Fedy in Environment and Resource Studies was selected by The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) for their fully accommodated annual student assistantship at the 34th  ESRI International User Conference this past  July in San Diego, California.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ENV alumn wins Toronto’s NXT City Prize for Yonge St. design

NXT City Prize document with imaginary stuff happerning on Yonge Street

Richard Valenzona, an Environment graduate ('10), is the winner of the NXT City Prize. The competition is sponsored by Toronto city officials and urban strategy studio Distl. It calls on young people to share their vision for improving Toronto’s public spaces.

From a pool of just over 120 entries, Valenzona was selected by the judging panel led by Toronto’s Chief City Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

High praise for researchers' book bringing clarity to climate change

Book cover

Sarah Burch, an assistant professor in GEM, has co-authored a new book bringing clarity and scope to our climate change conversation. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Environment makes public most complete Antarctic map for climate research

Mosaic of satellite images of Antarctica
The University of Waterloo has unveiled a new satellite image of Antarctica, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change.
 
Thanks to a partnership between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), the prime contractor for the RADARSAT-2 program, and the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN) at UWaterloo, the mosaic is free and fully accessible to the academic world and the public. 
 
Using Synthetic Aperture Radar with multiple polarization modes aboard the RADARSAT-2 satellite, the CSA collected more than 3,150 images of the continent in the autumn of 2008, comprising a single pole-to-coast map covering all of Antarctica. This is the first such map of the area since RADARSAT-1 created one in 1997.
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