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Preserving water in a changing world—SFU experts on World Water Day

March 21, 2023

World Water Day (March 22) celebrates water and raises awareness about the two billion people globally who live without access to safe water. This year's focus is on accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis.

In a United Nations report on drinking-water published last March, emerging contaminates of public concern include pharmaceuticals, pesticides, per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and microplastics. 

SFU experts are available to speak on a range of issues related to safe water access and the impacts of pollutants and climate change on safe water supplies. 


ZAFAR ADEEL, professor of professional practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
Expertise: Environmental policy, water security, sustainable management. 

SHAWN CHARTRAND, assistant professor, School of Environmental Science
Expertise: River formation, mountain rivers and cold regions of the Arctic, river restoration plan development. 

RADOSLAV DIMITROV, associate professor, Department of Political Science
Expertise: Climate change negotiations and politics, global environmental politics. Radoslav is also available to comment on the latest IPCC report.

WILLIAM JESSE HAHM, assistant professor, Department of Geography
Expertise: Hydrology across B.C.; interactions between plants and hydrologic processes. 

VICKI MARLATT, assistant professor, Department of Geography
Expertise: Environmental toxicology, animal physiology, impacts of environmental contaminants.

BRENDAN MURPHY, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Expertise: Geomorphology, ecological dynamics of river streams, climactic controls on landscape evolution. 


RAY SHARMA, SFU Communications & Marketing 
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