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Water researchers, citizen scientists getting their feet wet – Brighter World
by pmnationtalk onOctober 30, 2019164 Views
Harnessing the power of citizen science to track the local impacts of climate change. Working with Indigenous communities to monitor water quality in the Bruce Peninsula. Using documentary footage to help tell the research story of the Parry Sound 33 wildfire.
These are just some of the innovative, community-based projects undertaken over the past decade by researchers in McMaster’s Faculty of Science that are raising public awareness of the critical importance of water resources to local economies and ecosystems.
Funded by the RBC Blue Water Foundation and led by internationally recognized researchers and post-doctoral fellows in collaboration with community partners, these projects, and others like them, have introduced community members to hands-on environmental science monitoring, educated the public about the effects of climate change, provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable learning opportunities, and have resulted in the collection of unique local data that has influenced water stewardship policies in the Hamilton region and beyond.