What We Do
See research datasets shared on our DataHub. View, graph, download and share.
View documents related to research in the Nelson River Watershed in our open access library.
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View datasets that have been mapped in our mapping geoportal. Some maps are interactive!
The Canadian Watershed Information Network (CANWIN) is a web based open access data and information network created by Environment Canada as part of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative under Canada’s Action Plan on clean water. It was created in order to help address key water quality issues within the lake and its contributing watersheds. In 2012 management of the network transferred to the University of Manitoba under CEOS.
The Nelson River Watershed covers over 1 million square km. It covers 4 (four) Canadian provinces and four (4) U.S. States. The CANWIN provides a central open access data hub where researchers, decision makers, government agencies, organizations and the community can visualize and view the WHO, WHAT WHEN and WHERE of the basin. (Who is working in the basin, and WHAT, WHEN and WHERE are they doing it?); Searchable maps and tables of research allow users to gain a better understanding of the projects and activities occurring within the basin.
The CANWIN aims to aids research, education and decision making in the basin through three key strategies: Aid Transparency, Build Understanding, Create Awareness.
These key strategies allow the CANWIN to facilitate the management of natural and anthropogenic resources in the basin by integrating multiple information and data sources and expertise into a central open access resource.
Profiling some of our researchers
A recent study by an undergraduate student in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources has found disturbing levels of microplastics in Manitoba waters and in fish from Lake Winnipeg. Click on the above link to read the full article. You can read the CBC article at ow.ly/QEBz30ivzVq
Look what we just published! A digital elevation model (DEM) of the Nelson River watershed. This image is a compiliation of a clipped layer of the Canada 3D dataset and the Lake Winnipeg Basin DEM layer produced by Ram Yerbundi at Environment and Climate Change Canada. The DEM was produced in ArcGIS. View the datasets Read more about Digital elevation model of the Nelson River Watershed[…]
Excerpt from the Huffington Post OTTAWA — The parliamentary budget officer estimates it will cost at least $3.2 billion in capital investment to bring First Nations water systems up to the standards of comparable non-Indigenous communities in order to eliminate boil-water advisories by 2020. Read the “Budget Sufficiency for First Nations Water and Wastewater Infrastructure” Read more about Ending Boil-Water Advisories On First Nations Reserves To Cost $3.2B: Parliamentary Budget Officer[…]
In Churchill today, the federal government, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced a significant investment to assist Canadians with the cost of food and to generate economic growth, particularly in northern Manitoba. In addition to funds supporting economic growth in the Churchill region, funding support is being provided from key programs and initiatives to advance the Read more about UM Today | Churchill Marine Observatory receives new federal funding[…]
At the 2017 Bonn Climate conference in Bonn, Germany, Dr. David Barber spoke as part of a panel at a side event focused on the global implications of Arctic Climate Change. You can view the video below. Meeting Room 11 November 6 Uploaded by UNFCCC Climate Action Studio on 2017-11-06.
MP Terry Duguid to lead Lake Winnipeg basin Program. The $25 million dollar fund will help address issues in the Lake Winnipeg Watershed. You can view a list of previously funded projects from the previous Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative on the CanWin site in the DataHub
ND officials: Optimism builds over $1 billion water pipeline to serve Red River Valley, central ND | Grand Forks Herald
35 U.S. communities ahve committed to a project aiming to pipe water from th Missouri to the Sheyenne River, which flows into the Red River. The project would cost $1 billion dollars and start in 2019.
About 40 scientists from five Canadian universities were scheduled to use the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen for the first leg of a 133-day expedition across the Arctic. It’s part of a $17-million, four-year project led by the University of Manitoba that looks at both the effects of climate change as well as public health in remote Read more about BaySys researchers redirected[…]
Congratulations to Lake Winnipeg Foundation’s Dr. Alexis Kanu and Create H2O’s Taylor Morriseau for being nominated for future 40 finalists on CBC! Both of you are great women in science role models!
Dr. Scott Forbes wrote an editorial about the state of Lake Winnipeg’s Walleye fishery.