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UWindsor celebrates launch of Canada’s premier freshwater observation network

By Aaron Mahoney | AM800

The University of Windsor, along with eight other universities in Ontario, is joining with the University of Saskatchewan for a pioneering initiative to create a freshwater observation network in Canada.

On Wednesday afternoon, the University of Windsor celebrated the national launch of the Global Water Futures Observatories (GWFO), which is supported by a $40.4 million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.…

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Research collaborations: The best way to tackle big ecosystem issues

Solving increasingly complex environmental challenges requires collaborative research networks that share expertise, data, information, and tools. Fortunately, the Real-Time Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON) is providing exactly what researchers need to carry out their work to understand and monitor freshwater ecosystems in the Great Lakes.…

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UWindsor receives $1.77M to join largest freshwater research network in Canada

University joins 8 others as part of Canada-wide research

CBC News

The University of Windsor is receiving more than $1.77 million in funding to support its leadership in the Real-Time Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON).

It’s working with eight other schools in the largest freshwater observational research network in Canada, and one of the largest globally.…

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UofWindsor pulling in big research money to tackle ‘water crisis’

Windsor Star

Living at the centre of the Great Lakes, the world’s biggest freshwater body, any suggestion there might be big issues with our water might be hard to swallow.

But being surrounded by an abundance of the liquid doesn’t mean not being directly impacted by large challenges associated with it, including pollution, toxic algae blooms, invasive species and periods of having either too much or too little.…

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Investigating shoreline change in the Great Lakes & the Smart Beach project

RAEON has supported several projects related to shoreline change in the Great Lakes, including a study using artificial vegetation to protect shorelines by reducing the impacts of waves and wakes. RAEON also supported a project to measure the evolution of Point Pelee National Park and to identify sediment transport pathways and potential mitigation strategies to protect critical ecosystems within the park.…

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Acoustic telemetry range-testing using Slocum gliders in Lake Huron

RAEON, in partnership with the US Geological Survey, is range testing a novel mobile platform to improve glider-based acoustic telemetry studies. Scientists use acoustic telemetry – which includes fish tags and stationary receivers – to determine the distribution and movements of aquatic species.…

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Hydrological process control on organic carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes from wetland in agricultural landscapes

Canada’s GHG reductions and carbon offsets to prevent warming beyond 1.5 °C need to be reported internationally in order to be recognized in global negotiations around climate change. With growing local and national scale interest in wetlands as a Nature-based climate Solution, improved estimates of wetland organic carbon (OC) sequestration and GHG flux across wetland types are required.…

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Real-Time Data Collection to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

This project will help scientists better understand and predict the development of harmful algal blooms (HABs) using real-time data. The project team will deploy real-time continuous monitoring instruments in Lake Erie — the first time this equipment has been used this way in freshwater — to better understand how nutrients, temperature, and other factors lead to the development of HABs and hypoxia, oxygen-depleted water. …

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Scientists Studying Seasonal Fish Habitat Use and Production in Inland Lakes

Novel methods will yield rich data to improve resource protection

Freshwater fish are an important economic and cultural resource to Canadians. Recent research indicates, however, that some recreational fisheries may be struggling. Managers are unsure whether fish production is declining in Canada’s inland lakes, especially in the context of warming temperatures that are affecting fish and their habitats.…

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