What is the Freshwater Initiative?

What is the Freshwater Initiative?

Freshwater “flows” across many academic disciplines and sectors of society. Most issues surrounding freshwater are so complex that no single discipline can tackle these freshwater problems alone. To respond to growing research needs, faculty at the University of Washington (UW) College of Engineering, UW College of Environment, and UW Tacoma formed the Freshwater Initiative (FWI) in 2014.
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Researchers gathered sediment cores from lakes in 16 major watersheds in southwestern Alaska.
Source: Lauren Rodgers

Mountain to Sea Initiative

Mountain to Sound: Advancing freshwater research in the Northwest and the world: Committee: Alexander Horner-Devine (CEE), Erkan Istanbulluoglu (CEE)1, Daniel Schindler (SAFS), Julian Olden (SAFS),  Jessica Lundquist (CEE), Faisal Hossain (CEE & UWT), Gordon Holtgrieve (SAFS), David Butman (SEFS & CEE) Edward Kolodziej (UWT & CEE) and Joel Baker(UWT) Freshwater systems are essential to human health and well being.  
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Canvasback Lake Fall 2016

Units

Many research and academic units at the University of Washington have research and faculty focused on freshwater topics. Below are descriptions and links to the departments that focus on freshwater quality, ecosystems, and policy. Center for Urban Waters – UW Tacoma Research conducted by University of Washington Tacoma scientists at the Center for Urban Waters seeks to understand and quantify the sources, pathways and impacts of chemical pollutants in urban waterways.
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Facts, Rankings, & Data

Facts, Rankings, & Data

With hundreds of researchers focused on aquatic systems, and more than 70faculty and 100 courses focused on freshwater, the University of Washington is a critical source of freshwater knowledge and understanding. This excellence is recognized in our ranking by Elsevier, the scientific literature giant and the Stockholm Water Institute.
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Researchers gathered sediment cores from lakes in 16 major watersheds in southwestern Alaska.
Source: Lauren Rodgers

Aquatic Carbon Biogeochemistry of the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest Region

This workshop will define the state of the science for understanding carbon fluxes from Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest (PCTR) ecosystems.  It is our hope to develop a quantitative understanding of the relationships among land cover, hydrology, and riverine carbon export for to coastal environments. We will be addressing the following questions: 1) What are the biogeochemical fluxes of water and carbon across the terrestrial – freshwater – marine interfaces of the PCTR and are they changing through time?
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