Fieldwork in Forks

Fieldwork in Forks

By Amanda Manaster, PhD Student, University of Washington Civil & Environmental Engineering Summer is one of the busiest times for scientists doing field work, and I’m no exception—I get out to the field regularly during the summer. At the end of June, I was in Forks, Washington calibrating tipping buckets for my research project.
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Ground-Truthing “Greenness” in Arctic Lakes

Ground-Truthing “Greenness” in Arctic Lakes

By Catherine Kuhn, PhD Student, University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences Imagine a vast flatness stretching in all directions. Now fill that space with bird songs, the rustling of bull rushes, and the drone of a float plane vanishing into the distance. In July 2018, I found myself perched on the edge of a lake in the Yukon Flats Wildlife Refuge with a pile of gear at my feet, watching the tiny dot of the plane disappear south into the foothills of the Crazy Mountains.
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Hacking Communications Solutions following Natural Disasters

Hacking Communications Solutions following Natural Disasters

Freshwater Initiative student Jimmy Phuong is a UW School of Medicine PhD Candidate in Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education studying computationally intensive, data-driven knowledge discovery in health research.  He is currently facilitating the collection of spatio-temporal, socio-demographic data in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. In June 2018, he had the opportunity to participate in Meshing with Data, a 43-hour hackathon which brought together computer scientists, software engineers, and other scientists to innovate solutions to communications problems following natural disasters.  
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Field Notes: Snow Science in Switzerland

Field Notes: Snow Science in Switzerland

In February and March 2018, Freshwater Initiative graduate students Ryan Currier and Justin Pflug from the University of Washington Mountain Hydrology Research Group, had the opportunity to take snow research to the field at the Institute of Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) in Davos, Switzerland. Going out to the field took on a whole new meaning in the highest elevation city of Switzerland, with field sites only minutes from their front door.
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Get to Know the Center for Urban Waters

Get to Know the Center for Urban Waters

By Nina Zhao Located along the shores of Commencement Bay in Tacoma, WA, the Center for Urban Waters is a revolutionary research facility designed with the environment in mind.  The founding partners of the Center for Urban Waters – the City of Tacoma, the University of Washington-Tacoma, and the Puget Sound Partnership – are committed to seeing this unique, innovative water research facility grow along with water research demands.
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Science, Water, and Basketball at Campbell Farm: Tales from an Alternative Spring Break

Science, Water, and Basketball at Campbell Farm: Tales from an Alternative Spring Break

By Sally Landefeld Image Credit: Zihan Cao, University of Washington With finals in the rear-view mirror, most University of Washington (UW) students can think of little else but those two magical words that have been teasing them all winter: Spring Break.  While my friends took off for Cabo, slept in past noon, or backpacked on the Olympic Peninsula, I climbed into a UW van destined for a decidedly more unusual spring break location. 
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Getting to Know FWI: An Interview with Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve

Getting to Know FWI: An Interview with Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve

Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve is an Assistant Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and a member of the FWI steering committee at the University of Washington. Here, he sits down with graduate student Thiago Couto to discuss his experience working with large, multidisciplinary research groups and why an open mind is often critical for success in freshwater research.
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Researchers gathered sediment cores from lakes in 16 major watersheds in southwestern Alaska.
Source: Lauren Rodgers

Who is FWI?

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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An Evening of Freshwater Science & New Collaboration

On Monday, January 29, the Freshwater Initiative (FWI) joined the UW chapter of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) for their annual winter mixer with the AWRA professional chapter and the American Water Works Association. Attendees heard from the FWI graduate student steering committee about the organization’s mission, vision, and values, as well as some of the activities the students have planned.
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Girls On Ice

Girls On Ice

Photo courtesy of Jessica Badgeley In July 2017, UW Civil and Environmental Engineering student Oriana Chegwidden left her laptop at her desk and took her hydrology outside. As a member of the Computational Hydrology group, her expertise is in projecting climate change impacts on the hydrology of the Pacific Northwest.
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