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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|2019 Vermont EPSCoR All Hands Meeting|
2019 Vermont EPSCoR All Hands Meeting
VT EPSCoR held a successful kick off to Year 4 with an exciting All Hands Meeting on June 4, 2019 at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. Over 80 participants attended including the new 2019 Undergraduate interns, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and members from the VT EPSCoR External Advisory Committee.
|Forum to Advance Science and Policy Recommendations on Lake Champlain Water Quality|
Forum to Advance Science and Policy Recommendations on Lake Champlain Water Quality
A forum to advance science and policy recommendations on Lake Champlain water quality was held on May 8th, 2019 at the St. Michael's College Dion Event Center. Objectives: To build foundations for transboundary water quality management To clarify existing science and policy initiatives in both countries To identify gaps in science, data, and policy across transboundary borders and consider opportunities for partnerships among science communities To review and further develop policy and management recommendations to inform the study report
|2019 Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium|
2019 Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium
The 11th annual Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium showcased the work of student researchers in the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) program. The event took place on Tuesday April 2, 2019 in the Dion Student Center on the Saint Michael's College campus and was hosted by the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity. The symposium offers student researchers an opportunity to practice their science communication skills in a professional environment, and provides a critical capstone to the year-long high school research projects and summer undergraduate internships. BREE research provides valuable insights on the Lake Champlain Basin for many stakeholders throughout Vermont. The many contributions from this year’s young scientists will help improve our understanding even more! Thank you to all for your effort and dedication.
|Dr. Asim Zia leads pre-conference workshop at ASPA Section for Complexity and Network Studies Meeting|
Dr. Asim Zia leads pre-conference workshop at ASPA Section for Complexity and Network Studies Meeting
Dr. Asim Zia, Co-Leader of the BREE Integrated Assessment Team, organized a workshop titled "Advancing Public Service Through Big Data and AI." The workshop, held on March 7, 2019 in Washington, DC, at the American Society for Public Administration Meeting. The workshop included a panel of experts who discussed the opportunities and challenges posed by “rapidly spreading digital revolution, internet of things, drones and ubiquitous computing. While these new disruptive technologies have led to the widespread diffusion of big data, service delivery, machine learning and AI technologies in the private sector, the public sector agencies are lagging far behind in both regulating the adverse impacts of AI (e.g. strategic spread of fake news and rumors in elections through advertising campaigns in social media) as well as harnessing AI technologies for addressing persistent public sector issues (e.g. social equity, infrastructure resilience, sustainable development, and government accountability).”
|Scott Hamshaw Awarded CUAHSI Fellowship|
Scott Hamshaw Awarded CUAHSI Fellowship
Dr. Scott Hamshaw, a post doc with Vermont EPSCoR's BREE project, was selected for Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellowship funding from the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) in December 2018. The funding will support a project that Dr. Hamshaw is collaborating on with UVM Computer Science PhD student Ali Javed, building a small software implementation that uses some of Dr. Hamshaw's research on storm event analysis.
|Large contingent of BREE scientists attend the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting|
Large contingent of BREE scientists attend the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting
A large contingent of BREE scientists attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting, which ran from December 10th to December 14th in Washington, DC. More than a dozen BREE faculty members, post docs, graduate students, and undergraduate interns made oral and poster presentations. Topics of these presentations included evaluating climate model parameter specifications, estimating sediment and phosphorous transport during floods, modeling impacts of watershed management on lake cyanobacteria blooms, and more.
|Dr. Asim Zia Leads Panel at UNFCCC|
Dr. Asim Zia Leads Panel at UNFCCC
BREE Integrated Assessment Co-Leader Dr. Asim Zia led a panel on December 8, 2018 titled "Implementing Food-Energy-Water Security Early Warning Systems for Adaptation to Climate Change" at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice, Poland.
|Fall 2018 Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Meeting|
Fall 2018 Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Meeting
The VT EPSCoR Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Fall Meeting was held on November 30th, 2018. The biannual meetings offer a space for policy makers, decision makers, researchers, federal agency representatives, town and local officials from around the state and region to convene and take an active role in interactive sessions surrounding the Lake Champlain Basin.
|UVM Professor a Key Contributor to Latest Federal Climate Assessment|
UVM Professor a Key Contributor to Latest Federal Climate Assessment
Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux. The professor and Vermont State Climatologist was selected from nearly 200 experts to serve as lead author of the Northeast chapter on the national report.
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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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