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On May 30, the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) hosted a Lunch and Learn event with members of the Microplastics Fingerprinting project, a project supported by the Water Institute. Held at the GRCA headquarters in Cambridge, the event was attended by around 20 GRCA members, including staff focused on water infrastructure, source water protection, water quality, and conservation services. This event was organized by Nancy Goucher as part of the project’s knowledge mobilization strategy.

Just in time for World Ocean’s Day, Dr. Derek Armitage in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) has co-edited a new book on creating a sustainable future for Canada’s oceans and coasts along with Rashid Sumaila and William Cheung from the University of British Columbia and Megan Bailey from Dalhousie University.

Flooding is a significant threat to low-lying socio-ecological systems, posing risks to housing, health, water security, critical infrastructure, and human mobility. Managed retreat (MR), defined as "the purposeful relocation of people, property, and critical infrastructure out of areas vulnerable to recurrent climatic hazards," is emerging as a potentially transformative adaptation approach that offers opportunities for both risk reduction and advancement of social justice. 

In early-May, Water Institute Managing Director Kevin Boehmer travelled to Indonesia to share Water Institute experience with the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB University) in Bogor, Indonesia. IPB is a lead University of Waterloo partner in the Flood Impacts, Carbon Pricing and Ecosystem Sustainability (FINCAPES) project. FINCAPES is a 51/2 year, $15M project funded by Global Affairs Canada to improve Indonesia’s economic and environmental resilience to the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss in an inclusive, gender-responsive manner.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Can AI help save beluga whales?

Waterloo Engineering's Vision and Image Processing Research Lab partners with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to boost whale-spotting efficiency with machine learning