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,…
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…
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.
This short video narrated by Max Holmes explains the background and goals of the Global Rivers Observatory project.
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.
Matthew Bannister from the BBC interviewed Global Rivers Observatory Project scientist Dr. Max Holmes for the World Service radio program.
This animation shows the weekly average flow from the world’s largest watersheds over the course of the year.
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.
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…
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!