McMaster experts join major Canadian initiative on the future of the world’s water
A major national research initiative on the future of Canadian and global water resources features leading McMaster researchers from several disciplines.
Water research is a particular area of expertise for McMaster, which has strength in a wide range of research fields, including hydrology, climate change, the Great Lakes, flood forecasting, groundwater pollution, environmental contamination and public policy. The recently formed McMaster Water Network works to bridge research and policy both within the university and externally with other researchers, practitioners, policy makers, industry and communities.
The Global Water Futures project, announced today, will see senior McMaster researchers working in partnership with colleagues from across Canada in a $143-million program led by the University of Saskatchewan, and also including University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.More..
Searching for insight: Students conduct research at Hidden River Cave
Students from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario have spent the past week at Hidden River Caveconducting research that involves looking at the cave’s sediment with hopes of gaining insight on how to protect it and other caves.
This past week was not the first time McMaster students had visited Hidden River Cave. They have been coming to the cave for more than a decade to do reports on caves and karst, but didn’t begin their research project until last year when they began working with the university’s micropaleontology lab.
“What we are trying to do is a get a good look at the history of Hidden River Cave. We’re talking about going back thousands of years,” said Peggy Nims, educational director for Hidden River Cave / American Cave Museum, adding that the McMaster students are adding to the cave and museum staff’s base knowledge and understanding of the cave, which will help with the protection of it and other caves. More..
As Peat Bogs Burn, a Climate Threat Rises
Kristyn Housman grabbed the end of a sampling auger, a steel tube that twocolleagues had just drilled into amoss-covered hummock in a peat bog, and poked through a damp, fibrous plug of partly decomposed peat.
Peat has been building up for centuries in this bog, where the spongy moss is interspersed with black spruces and, on a late spring morning, the air is teeming with mosquitoes. The sample, taken from three feet down, is at least several hundred years old, said Ms. Housman, a graduate researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.“There’s literally tons of carbon here,” she said, looking around the bog, which covers several acres off a muddy oil-company road amid the vast flatness of northern Alberta. More..