News archive - February 2022

Thursday, February 10, 2022

New technique will improve the construction of ice roads and bridges

Ice Road

A new study found that measuring the time it takes for a radar pulse to travel from a satellite to the sea surface and back again can reveal the thickness of river ice and dates when it is safe to travel on ice roads and bridges in arctic regions.

Many northern communities in Canada rely on the network of ice roads built on frozen lakes and rivers to transport goods and for food security. However, the sustainability of these roads is at risk due to climate warming causing shorter ice seasons and thinner ice. 

Friday, February 4, 2022

Learn how to write a policy brief at the next WaterLeadership seminar

Whiteboard

One of the most commonly utilized tools for policymakers is the briefing note - a short document that summarizes an issue and makes recommendations for next steps. It is often used to articulate how scientific research can be applied to policy to resolve a particular challenge. Briefing notes are used frequently in government but also consulting agencies, non-for-profit organizations, and private business among other organizations. Learning how to write a concise, strategic briefing note can be helpful to researchers in articulating the applicability of their science but also throughout your career.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

A lasting impact: Jonathan S. Price retires after an impactful 30-year career

Jonathan Price

Introduction

For more than 30 years, Water Institute member and professor within the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, Jonathan S. Price conducted research and taught on the hydrology of wetlands, leading to extraordinary contributions in wetlands science and education.

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