U of G prof receives funding for climate change study

Monday, September 29, 2008


Written by Scott Gilbert

September 29, 2008 - News Release

The Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) has granted a University of Guelph geography professor $200,000 to study climate change. The funding is spread out over 2 years, and will support continued research into the impact of atmospheric global climate change on water resources.

The recipient, professor Aaron Berg, specializes in hydrology and climate research. This study may also raise the eyebrows of others in Guelph's unique Water Resources Engineering program.

"This is a very exciting research opportunity that will bring together the expertise of meteorologists, hydrologists and soil scientists from several Canadian universities and Environment Canada," said Berg.

The angle the study takes is to focus on soil moisture as a way of better predicting seasonal climate variations, and provide insight into the management of water resource systems within Canada.

"This project is a perfect fit for the goal of this competition, which focuses on research that will give decision-makers the scientific tools they need to face future challenges," said Gordon McBean, chair of CFCAS. "This is the sort of information that must be built into sound public policy, innovation and strategic development moving forward into an era of mitigation and adaptation to climate change and associated factors."

This money is a portion of the $5.5 million that CFCAS is awarding foster research across Canada into air quality, extreme weather, climate sciences and marine environmental prediction.

The aim of the research is to provide a framework that policy makers and public officials can work with in the coming years are they develop strategies for adapting to the climatic changes that are certain to be part of our future.

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