Environment

  • Views: 242 Green Menace: Algae takes over more territory int he Great Lakes

    Environmental scientists at the University of Toledo examine the harmful Algal Bloom in the Western Lake Erie Basin and explain how agricultural and municipal run off and sewage introduce pollutants, specifically phosphorus, into the watershed.  The Ohio Sea Grant project and Stone Laboratory highlight how that phosphorus and those pollutants feed harmful forms of algae which flourish in the warm shallow waters of Lake Erie. 

  • Views: 1075 Earthquake Danger: Fault Lines in America's Heartland

    Scientists at the University of Toledo are always monitoring the many earthquake fault lines that run through America's Midwest.  The general public is largely unaware of the earthquake dangers within Ohio and many other states in our region. The Ohio Seis Network is a partnership between Universities and scientific sites throughout Ohio that gather data on earthquakes here and across the world.

  • Views: 554 Future at Risk: Endangered Species

    How do we determine when a species becomes endangered? What is the difference between endangered and threatened, and what is being done to protect plants, animal and insects like the rare Karner Blue Butterfly? Amanda Patton explores the ecosystem of the Oak Savannah to investigate.

  • Views: 518 Little Creatures/Big Clues: Using Ants to Assess Climate Change

    We take the presence of ants for granted.  Yet their numbers, diversity and behavior are sending us clues about the changing environment - but are we paying attention?  Wesley Mathern peers in the miniature world of our fascinating insect neighbors.

  • Views: 749 Cyberspace Solutions

    In the scientific community there is little question that climate change is occurring and that human activities are the major cause.  New solutions could address the problem more efficiently if scientists were connected to each other to share ideas, research and compiled data.  At UT a cyber-enabled learning community called CAMEL (Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, and E-Learning) is being developed to bring the climate scientists of the world together. 

  • Views: 342 Drop of Life: Taking Water Purification to the Third World

    Water Purification is needed in Third World nations and in the developed world during disasters and emergencies to insure the flow of healthy H20 for the public.  Research at the College of Engineering at UT includes work done with ion beam irradiation and new filtering membranes. Students are also getting out of the lab and into the field to make a difference.  ‘Engineers without Borders’ is working hard to bring fresh drinking water to an Honduran Village “Los Sanchez.”

  • Views: 502 Breeding Invaders: Pollution spawns unwelcome guests in the Great Lakes

     

    The University of Toledo Enviromental Group is well respected and very busy. There are many fronts of research in which they are engaged, including invasive species and the fall-out of this invasion on all other systems. Shaun McDonald investigates.

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  • Views: 752 Fish Infirmary: Keeping Lake Erie Inhabitants Healthy

    The Great Lakes region and the various river watersheds that feed it, is the largest freshwater system on the planet.  We will go into the wild and explore a genetic mystery.  How did a European strain of fish virus mutate in order to affect the fish in Lake Erie?  Features Dr. Carol Stepien, Director of Lake Erie Research Center, and Plugged-In host, Jennifer Mondelli.

  • Views: 489 In Search of GPS

    How has GPS changed our lives?  How does it work?  Using the Geographic Information Science Center, we’ll explore the satellite system that keeps the matrix running using computer graphics; we’ll look into the ways that mapping, meteorology, civic planning, environmental research, traffic pattern management and even our own driving skills are all getting a jumpstart from the technology. Featuring Kevin Czajkowski from the GIS Department at the University of Toledo.

    A Studio Follow-up Discussion about GPS:

    Jennifer Mondelli interviews a member of the Northwest Ohio Geocachers, Jennifer Miller, about this activity that is growing in popularity.

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