Clare Robinson

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Recent Research Projects

Remediation Education Network (RENEW)

2014/15-2019/20 • $1,650,000 • PI,CO
The Remediation Education Network (RENEW) is a CREATE program that will train the next generation of engineers and scientists in the interdisciplinary professional and technical skills they need to work at cleaning up the most challenging contaminated sites in Canada. Contamination of soil and...

Role and ecological impact of groundwater in delivering phospohorus to agricultural streams

2017/18-2019/20 • $539,130 • PI,CO
Streams, rivers and lakes across Canada are threatened by excessive inputs of phosphorus from human activities including agriculture. Excess phosphorus leads to harmful algal blooms, impairs aquatic ecosystems, and contaminates drinking water sources. This has severe economic, ecological and...

Water Quality

2017/18-2019/20 • $215,000 • PI
Coastal waters are of enormous value for Canada, yet this value is being increasingly diminished by poor water quality. Innovative field experiments will be combined with computer modeling to generate new understanding of the movement and transformation of pollutants in coastal environments. The...

Impact of climate and anthropogenic stressors on groundwater inputs to inland coastal waters

2015/16-2019/20 • $165,000 • PI
Inland coastal waters are of enormous recreational, economic and ecological value to Canada, yet due to degrading water quality this value is being rapidly diminished. For example, it is estimated that restoring the Great Lakes from their current impaired state will lead to direct economic...

Field Testing of Novel Technologies for Restoring Challenging Contaminated Sites

2019/20 • $151,600 • PI,CO
Cleaning up contaminated sites in Canada is a significant challenge, in part due to the limited cost effective technologies that can efficiently reduce contamination to safe levels. This is a particular challenge when impermeable soils, such as clay and silts, are contaminated. The use of...

Assessment and optimization of bioretention soil media for enhanced removal of stormwater contaminants in bioretention systems

2018/19 • $25,000 • PI
Urban stormwater contributes to the deterioration of surface water quality across Canada. Low impact*development stormwater management technologies are an increasingly popular approach to decrease the impacts*of stormwater on the watershed. Bioretention systems, which are permeable vegetated...

Quantification of groundwater contribution to fecal and nutrient pollution at beaches of the Great Lakes

2012/13-2014/15 • $540,000 • PI,CO
The beaches of the Great Lakes are an important recreational outlet for over 30 million people, yet because of poor water quality many are often inaccessible due to beach advisories. This has severe economic and societal implications. Policy and management approaches have been insufficient in...

Impacts of green roofs on storm water management and urban climate

2011/12-2014/15 • $522,459 • PI,CO
Green roofs have been used for centuries to insulate buildings and beautifyurban environments. European countries, especiallyGermany, have adopted green roofs for use in modern buildings, helping raise awareness of their manypotential benefits. Green roofs have been shown to: effectivelyreduce...

Impact of dynamic groundwater-coastal water interactions

2010/11-2014/15 • $120,000 • PI
Canada has the world's longest coastline extending along the shores of the Great Lakes and Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The well-being of Canadians, including their economic and social prosperity, strongly depend on the environmental health of these shorelines. Pollution of coastal...

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