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Amazon River Science Expedition

By Chris Linder | April 24, 2015 | Comments Off on Amazon River Science Expedition

In December 2014, scientists of the Global Rivers Observatory embarked on their first annual river expedition, to the largest river on Earth – the Amazon River in the heart of the Brazilian rain forest. This unique expedition allowed our guests to experience this amazing ecosystem, witness how scientists study the ecology and chemistry of rivers,…

Mixing fieldwork with artwork

By Britta Voss | October 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Mixing fieldwork with artwork

I’m back here in B.C. for a quick, but action-packed, visit to the Fraser.  Last weekend was the opening of the “My River, My Home” science-art exhibit at the Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC) in New Westminster.  This exhibit was the culmination of an outreach program facilitated by the Global Rivers Observatory which solicited artwork…

Crossing the Rubicon

By Britta Voss | May 17, 2013 | Comments Off on Crossing the Rubicon

In the wee hours of the morning today, the Fraser passed a symbolic threshold: discharge at Hope is now above 10,000 cubic meters per second.

Global Rivers Observatory overview video

By Chris Linder | April 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Global Rivers Observatory overview video

This short video narrated by Max Holmes explains the background and goals of the Global Rivers Observatory project.

Nowhere to go but up

By Britta Voss | April 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Nowhere to go but up

As I unpack the information held in these samples over the coming months, I hope to learn about how this river transmits the products of photosynthesis and respiration on land to the coastal ocean.

‘River Doctor’ Max Holmes interviewed by BBC

By Chris Linder | April 17, 2013 | Comments Off on ‘River Doctor’ Max Holmes interviewed by BBC

Matthew Bannister from the BBC interviewed Global Rivers Observatory Project scientist Dr. Max Holmes for the World Service radio program.

Watersheds of the world animation

By Chris Linder | April 16, 2013 | Comments Off on Watersheds of the world animation

This animation shows the weekly average flow from the world’s largest watersheds over the course of the year.

On the pulse

By Britta Voss | April 10, 2013 | Comments Off on On the pulse

The Fraser is doing its best to transition to freshet mode. The cooler weather has slowed its initial surge, but the water level, along with turbidity and dissolved organic matter, are still on the rise.

The molecules floating in darkness have seen a great light

By Britta Voss | April 6, 2013 | Comments Off on The molecules floating in darkness have seen a great light

As I struggled to fill the first of five small bottles with filtered water this afternoon, I decided I was finally ready to accept that the freshet has started. It’s a miracle I can type at all right now, given the strain my hands have endured today. Don’t believe me? I invite you to come…

It’s always sunny in Cascadia

By Britta Voss | April 4, 2013 | Comments Off on It’s always sunny in Cascadia

Last week saw just about the nicest weather you could hope for in the Fraser Valley. In addition to making the water sampling ridiculously pleasant, the solid week of warm sunshine jump-started the snowmelt and the river level is on the rise!