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.
South Basin of Lake Winnipeg Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping Project (SHIM)
SHIM is a baseline inventory of existing Lake Winnipeg south basin shoreline conditions.SHIM data can be used to locate point and non-point nutrient sources, identify priority aquatic ecosystems that support nutrient reduction and sequestration and achieve overall nutrient load reductions to the lake, the ultimate goal of the LWBSF program.
Netley-Libau Marsh, the largest coastal wetland adjoining Lake Winnipeg, has been mapped by aerial photography in the past (Grosshans et al 2004; Verbiwski 1986), indicating a trend of vegetation loss, but a lack of historic aerial photography has limited mapping efforts to sporadic intervals. Satellite imagery, though of a coarser spatial resolution, has the advantage of high temporal and spectral resolution. Using Landsat images and a methodology developed in an earlier phase of this study (Watchorn 2014), a time series of classified vegetation cover maps was produced for twelve years between 1990 and 2013. Water cover maps were produced for another eight years within this interval, resulting in a time series representing 20 years of this 23-year period.
Profiling some of our researchers
It’s 5:00 AM. My cabinmate and the science coordinator, Morgan, gets up and leaves. She’ll figure out the plan for the day based on the weather with the captain of the MV Namao, Walter and then have breakfast. I’ll groggily pull on my workboots and head to the upstairs lab to turn on the gas Read more about Lake Winnipeg Summer 2018[…]
By: Rachel Mandryk My name is Rachel and I am a summer research student working for Dr. Tim Papakyriakou at the University of Manitoba. On June 19, I traveled to Hnausa to continue sampling for the spring survey. Arriving bright and early, at 7:00am we took the “yawl” to launch from Gimli. The yawl (a.k.a. Read more about Namao Spring Survey 2018: Sampling the Narrows and South Basin[…]
by Dallas Korell Background Collaboration efforts between the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) and the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium (LWRC) have begun in an attempt to expand freshwater research in Lake Winnipeg. The research done during the 2018 survey season will be a trial run with Dr. Tim Papakyriakou, focusing largely on examining the Read more about Lake Winnipeg Survey 1, 2018[…]
Dr. Stroeve will serve as the Canada 150 Research Chair in Sea Ice-Climate Coupling. She will receive $7 milion dollars in federal funding over her seven year term. Read the full story at UM Today.
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.
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