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Advancing the understanding of how climate change, deforestation, and other disturbances are impacting river chemistry and land-ocean connections.

Global River Observatories river basin study areas

About this project

Sampling the Fraser River (Photo: Chris Linder)

Britta Voss and Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink on the banks of the Fraser River near Lillooet, B.C., Canada (Photo: Chris Linder)

Scientists from Woodwell Climate Research Center and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have joined with partners from around the world to investigate river chemistry in some of Earth’s most significant river systems. Now active in 16 watersheds around the world the Global Rivers Observatory is measuring the chemical composition of rivers near their mouths where they empty into the ocean.