News: CEE

Researchers seek alternatives to Mekong River hydropower dam

By: David Nutt

The Mekong River, flowing from the Tibetan Plateau through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to the South China Sea, is a hotbed of ecological diversity. The roughly 60 million people who live in the region, many in poverty, depend on the river and its tributaries for food and income. But a surge in hydropower projects is threatening to plunge the Mekong River basin into catastrophic ecological collapse, hampering the flow of fish, nutrients and sediment, unless a viable alternative is found. Enter Thomas Wild, Ph.D. ’14, who as an Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future...

Read more
Aerial view of beach and water

CEE Professor Emeritus Wilfried Brutsaert wins the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water

CEE Professor Emeritus Wilfried Brutsaert was awarded the prestigious 8th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water in the Surface Water category. The awards ceremony occurred this past Monday, October 29, 2018 in New York City. According to the PSIPW website,“Dr. Brutsaert’s work develops, demonstrates, and validates a new theory that can generate unprecedented estimates of evaporation from the natural landscape, with successful applications in numerous locations. Evaporation is one of the most complex of all hydrologic processes, and its accurate estimation is a continuous...

Read more

"eDNA Tests Swimmability in 90 Minutes or Less"

By: Karla Lant 

Credit: Lindsay France/Cornell University Photography In most places around the country where freshwater lakes and beaches offer recreational opportunities, health officials monitor the water for elevated bacterial counts—usually about once a week in populated areas, less often in more remote locations. However, the current state-of-the-art testing leaves about 24 to 30 hours of lag time between when water is tested for bacteria and when results come back. During that time, if the water seems unsafe, officials usually limit access to it. This summer, researchers from Cornell University were...

Read more