Freshwater “flows” across many disciplines. Today’s freshwater issues are complex, and no single discipline can tackle them alone. That’s where we come in. The Freshwater Initiative promotes community interaction and facilitates new and creative applications of freshwater research in the water science and engineering communities.
With essential freshwater ecosystems changing around the world, more interdisciplinary trained scientists are needed to think outside-the-box regarding these changes to help better sustain important resources.
NOTICE: the Waterhackweek 2020 Community Mixer has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 3 because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Join Waterhackweek participants, industry professionals and the greater University of Washington Freshwater Initiative and eScience Institute community for the Waterhackweek Community Mixer on Thursday, March 26, 2020, 4:00-6:30 pm at the Intellectual House.
By Lauren Kuehne
January 8, 2020
As scientists, when we think about conservation problems, it’s often in terms of missing information – “knowledge gaps”, anyone? But the role of expertise – implying not only growth but also continuity in development and application of knowledge – is invariably less emphasized.
As the human footprint spreads, the need to reduce per-capita effects on natural resources has become more urgent. Educating large groups of consumers about the sustainability of not only their individual actions, but also broader economic and political structures, is a huge conservation challenge. Boredom and despair about environmental issues can also stagnate progress. Chief among these issues of concern is water use (supply) and water quality (pollution). The project, led by School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science Research Scientist Lauren Kuehne, seeks to overcome these challenges by using games built around key conservation topics. In addition to being fun,…