News archive - March 2022

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Human actions accelerate climate-driven floods and droughts

Stream

A University of Waterloo Press Release

A study of more than 2,000 streams around North America found that those altered by human activity are at greater risk of flooding.

The study from the University of Waterloo analyzed the seasonal flow patterns of 2,272 streams in Canada and the U.S. and found that human-managed streams – those impacted by developments like dams, canals, or heavy urbanization – had significantly different flow patterns compared to streams in natural watersheds.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Microplastics Fingerprinting project launches new website

Microplastics illustration

The Microplastics Fingerprinting research project team, led by Water Institute member Philippe Van Cappellen, principal investigator, professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Ecohydrology, are excited to announce the launch of a new project website. 

The website, and associated project, are in response to plastics pollution, a global and growing environmental hazard with potentially far-reaching consequences for food webs, biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being because their small size which enhances their mobility, toxicity, and capacity to leach potentially dangerous contaminants.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Sherry Schiff awarded the 2022 Frank Rigler Award

Vancouver, British Columbia

Water Institute member Sherry Schiff, professor of environmental geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded the 2022 Frank Rigler Award, the highest honour given by the Society of Canadian Limnologists.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Research snapshot: Green technology framework to better assess techno-ecological solutions for water treatment

Abstract Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Colleagues from the forWater Network have recently published insights from four years of field research. They have released a series of research snapshots highlighting their findings in green technology, cyanobacterial community composition, and managing algal blooms in reservoirs.

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