RESILIENT WATERS ENGAGEMENT
Your voice matters.
Your voice matters.
You are invited to participate in a study regarding the value that Vermonters place on the quality of Vermont’s water bodies. This survey will provide us with your opinions regarding tradeoffs related to funding water quality improvements in the state.Thank you for taking the time to help us better understand these issues! LEARN MORE (Download "Willingness to Pay" report)
Join the discussion now! Your input is important! The success of CSS2CC.org is dependent upon maximizing engagement with stakeholders to develop and refine adaptation intervention strategies from all sectors – environment, economic, and societal - to balance and account for competing values and improve and sustain the health of the Lake Champlain Region.LEARN MORE
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|SCIENCE STUDIO: Julia Perdrial|
SCIENCE STUDIO: Julia Perdrial
Julia Perdrial is an assistant professor of geochemistry at the University of Vermont. As an environmental bio-geochemist and mineralogist, she takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to study low temperature environmental terrestrial and aquatic processes by combining experimental and field approaches.
|Curbing climate change: Study finds strong rationale for the human factor|
Curbing climate change: Study finds strong rationale for the human factor
Humans may be the dominant cause of global temperature rise, but they may also be a crucial factor in helping to reduce it, according to a new study that for the first time builds a novel model to measure the effects of behavior on climate. Drawing from both social psychology and climate science, the new model investigates how human behavioral changes evolve in response to extreme climate events and affect global temperature change.
|Fall 2017 Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Meeting|
Fall 2017 Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Meeting
The Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Fall Meeting was held on November 28, 2017. This served as the second meeting in 2017 for the committee, offering a chance for stakeholders from around the state and region to participate in interactive sessions and discuss the state of the Lake Champlain Basin.
|Students Verify San Juan's Water Quality|
Students Verify San Juan's Water Quality
Robinson School students from Puerto Rico Andrea Salellas and Gabriela Handall, along with their teacher mentor Marcel Torres, were selected to travel from June 12-18 to the state of Vermont to take an intensive training in management and water quality at Saint Michael's College in Vermont. As part of the training, the students attended a conference about lake and stream ecology, environmental policy and management, climate change indicator, water quality indicators and land use management. At the end of the training week, the students designed their research project in which they will be working during from July through February, in order to present the findings on March at the Vermont research symposium.
|Climate Team Visits Dartmouth College|
Climate Team Visits Dartmouth College
Interns and mentors from Vermont EPSCoR's BREE Climate Team visited Dartmouth College in July 2017 to share their findings with colleagues.
|Macroinvertebrate Workshop for Educators|
Macroinvertebrate Workshop for Educators
Declan McCabe, PhD, Professor of Biology at Saint Michael's College and member of BREE, led a macroinvertebrate workshop for educators in his laboratory on July 19, 2017. The hands on workshop offered middle and high school instructors tools with which they could incorporate the study of aquatic ecosystems into their curricula.
|Undergraduate Intern Orientation - May 30-June 2, 2017|
Undergraduate Intern Orientation - May 30-June 2, 2017
The first cohort of 30 undergraduate summer interns began their research on Lake Champlain Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) on Tuesday May 30th. Their internship began with a four-day orientation. The first day started with of an overview of the BREE project and an introduction to the different components: climate modelling, integrated assessment modeling, social sciences, ecology, and workforce development.
|Dr. Asim Zia Presents 2 Papers at the 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society|
Dr. Asim Zia Presents 2 Papers at the 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society
Dr. Asim Zia recently presented two papers at the 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society in Cambridge Massachusetts. Both papers were coauthored by Dr. Zia and Dr. Christopher Koliba, both VT EPSCoR BREE members.
|BREE Agricultural Site Installation|
BREE Agricultural Site Installation
Dr. Carol Adair, BREE Ecological Systems Co-Leader, directed the installation of a new cutting-edge sensor network in the Hungerford Brook watershed in June 2017. The team installed the sensors in several different riparian areas to study what makes those areas effective water filters. Learning this information will enable researchers to maintain the processes when and where the riparian areas fail to filter water after an extreme event or in a riparian area that fails to remove pollution.
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How do the biophysical configuration, antecedent conditions, and ongoing changes in climate and land-use within the Basin’s terrestrial and aquatic ecological system interact to impact the response of water quality to extreme events?
What strategies for resilience can be implemented to manage the risk from extreme events and what are the trade-offs for prioritizing public sector investments?
Climate Projection Team Goals:
How do governance networks, institutional rules, macroeconomic indices and resource allocation decisions respond to extreme events, and how can this knowledge be used to design public policies and governance networks that enhance resilience across the Lake Champlain Basin?
The VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity works to cultivate and prepare students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Through integrating students and teachers into active research we inspire students to pursue STEM careers. The CWDD helps connect interested students in social science and STEM areas with faculty researchers throughout Vermont at multiple institutions.
NEWRnet Overarching Objective:
To develop an integrated network of advanced water sensors to acquire real-time, high-frequency water quality data that will advance our understanding of the drivers of local and regional water quality, and in concert use the fields of experimental economics and agent-based modeling to determine how stakeholders as individuals and groups respond to this new technology.
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