Designing River Flows to Manage Both Food & Energy Demands

Designing River Flows to Manage Both Food & Energy Demands

The Mekong River provides food for nearly 60 million people across 6 different countries. The 8th largest river in the world, the Mekong supports the largest lake and wetland in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap Lake, which boasts an annual fishery harvest of roughly 250,000 tonnes. Dam construction along the Mekong and its tributaries may provide a clean energy source to this region of the world, but it also threatens freshwater fisheries critical for local livelihoods.
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Riparian ecosystems threatened by changing flood & drought conditions

Riparian ecosystems threatened by changing flood & drought conditions

Human demand for freshwater has resulted in substantial alterations to the natural flow pattern of rivers all over the world. Dams and other water diversion infrastructure impact riparian ecosystems by decreasing flooding frequency and interrupting valuable ecosystem services such as habitat availability and nutrient cycling. Simultaneously, climate change threatens riparian ecosystems by increasing flow intermittency and drought frequency.
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Freshwater researchers hope that their advances in understanding floods in coastal Washington watersheds will eventually be useful for giving local residents more warning for when flood waters will be reaching their properties.  In the photo below, Greg Platt moves bicycles to higher ground during a November (2015) flood of the Skagit River near Sedro-Woolley, WA, where heavy rainfall regularly pushes the Skagit River above its flood level.   During this flood, Platt said "It's not too bad right now, it won't get much higher than this"

Prediction Of and Resilience Against Extreme Events: Landslides and Floods (NSF-PREEVENTS)

Damage from natural disasters can be prevented by using predictions to improve our planning. With the objective of improving flood and landslide prediction, a collaborative researcher team led by University of Washington Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) has received a four-year $1.7 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Prediction of and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS) grant.
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Water diplomacy skills for academic researchers

Water diplomacy skills for academic researchers

Join us on October 10, 2017 for a skill-building seminar where we will discuss how to engage diverse communities in water research and science-based adaptive management strategies. Water diplomacy skills for academic researchers: focusing conversations for their usability and your productivity Where: University of Washington, Seattle Campus, eScience Institute located in the Washington Research Foundation Data Science Studio, on the 6th floor of the Physics/Astronomy Tower When: October 10, 2017  12:00- 1:00  pm,   followed by coffee and light refreshments.
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Students Invited to Freshwater! 2017

Students Invited to Freshwater! 2017

Dear UW graduate students conducting freshwater research, Hello, my name is Claire Beveridge. I’m a 3rd year PhD Student studying Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Hydrology. My research is highly interdisciplinary, focusing on the interactions and feedbacks between water, sediment, people and infrastructure.
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Geo-Spatial Tools

Geo-Spatial Tools

Geohackweek Tutorials for Freshwater Research and Education   Freshwater research using large data with computationally intensive analyses is an area of ongoing development.  CUAHSI staff and University of Washington Freshwater researchers are partnering with eScience Geohackweek organizers  to provide ongoing access to tutorials developed for Geohackweek 2017, as well as helpful links available on HydroShare Help pages.  
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Canvasback Lake Fall 2016

Watershed Perspective: July 2017

Welcome to the Freshwater Blog! We have heard from government and professional leaders from both the State of Washington and our federal government that we need to train a generation of scientists that can join professional teams of experts, get wet in the water, dirty in the data, and understand complex systems of science and human interactions.
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Zooniverse: August 2017

Zooniverse: August 2017

Citizen Scientists Help Improve Our Understanding of Forest-Snow Interactions Imagine having hundreds of thousands of images like the ones below and needing to classify the snow in the trees and clouds in the sky. It would surely be great to have thousands of people willing to help, but how would you go about finding them?
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Over several years, melt water flowing off the Greenland ice sheet carved this 60-foot deep canyon (note people standing at the right for scale). Source: Ian Joughin, Univ. of Washington

Freshwater Newsletter

Freshwater Newsletters Scroll down to read all current and past newsletters. May 31st, 2017 This is a Freshwater Quarterly update.   Freshwater at the University of Washington promotes community interaction together with Pacific Northwest, national and global partners, and generates new interdisciplinary research directions within the entire water sciences community.
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Water Recovery Working Group

Water Recovery Working Group

Water Recovery Working Group Upcoming Events, Classes, and Information:   **Please scroll down to read all current and past posts** *No current posts to display. Please check back later*
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