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Michael Waddington with McMaster University will be presenting on Boreal Water Futures on April 5th 2018.

When: Thursday, April 5, 2018
12:00 PM MDT
Where: United States
Contact: Shawn

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The mosaic of boreal wetlands and forest ecosystems, which represents a critically important global freshwater resource, is undergoing extraordinary transformative change that is having profound impacts on boreal ecosystem function, water management practices, and source water protection. Moreover, urbanization, natural resources development, and an intensification in climate-mediated natural water disasters (e.g. drought, wildfire) are placing ever increasing threats and risks to human health and safety, and the economies associated with Canadian boreal communities, industry and infrastructure. For example, the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, mediated by the burning of very dry peatlands, destroyed 2,400 homes and resulted in an estimated economic damage of $8.9B. Given the complexity and challenges of this boreal wildland-society-water issues, ta transdisciplinary team of academic and government researchers, industry users, NGOs, and key provincial and national stakeholders have been assembled to co-develop a more effective water futures risk assessment (WFRA) framework for Canada's Boreal region. Phase 1 of the Boreal Water Futures ( provides both a next generation future climate and extreme weather product and future wildfire regimes prediction tool for provincial and federal government agencies, NGOs and industries. Boreal Water Futures has leveraged existing infrastructure and partner in-kind support to develop an evidence- based pan-Canadian Boreal Observation Network to reduce uncertainties on the vulnerability of ecosystem services catastrophic collapse. Ducks Unlimited Canada is both a stakeholder and user within the Boreal Water Futures program. As the Principle Investigator of Boreal Water Futures, in this webinar I will discuss current scientific knowledge and futures research to better predict the effect of climate and land-use change on boreal wetlands. Wetlands very likely are the most critical ecosystem within Canada's boreal region and this "Boreal Water Futures" webinar also serves as a catalyst to develop stronger partnerships and to co-develop strategic research programs and monitoring programs aimed at understanding how wetland form and function may change and how restoration and adaptation strategies might be used to build boreal resilience to minimized risk.