Prof Receives Funding to Study Climate Change

September 29, 2008 - News Release

A U of G professor has received $200,000 over two years from the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) to support his research on water resources and the impact of climate change.

Aaron Berg is a geography professor who specializes in hydrology and climate research.

"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.

For this project, he will be studying soil moisture as a way of enhancing seasonal climate predictions in Canada. This research will provide insight into the management of water resources at a time of looming climate change challenges.

"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."

The funding is part of $5.5 million awarded by CFCAS to promote research across Canada on increasing knowledge and training in air quality, extreme weather, climate sciences and marine environmental prediction. The chosen projects are focused on research that could guide environmental policy or adaptation strategies.

Prof. Aaron Berg
Department of Geography
519-824-4120, Ext. 58514

Dawn Conway
CFCAS executive director
613-238-2223, Ext. 202

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