About the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change

Based at the University of Waterloo, the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) provides a focal point for climate change research, training and knowledge mobilization by contributing to advancements in climate change solutions worldwide. 

The centre is an interdisciplinary hub with over 100 faculty members from all six University faculties and several external organizations, including Wilfrid Laurier University, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Natural Resources Canada. 

ICmembers share information and develop new ideas and tools while strengthening connections to community, government, and economic sectors across Canada and internationally through their climate change research.


To facilitate interdisciplinary research and education that empowers business, government and civil society to respond effectively to climate change and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient society.

Core Objectives

  • Catalyze world-leading climate change research and innovation at Waterloo
  • Provide experiential training for the climate leaders of tomorrow
  • Build new capacity and collaborations on campus, in our community, across Canada and around the world


The centre was established in 2008 and became one of the University of Waterloo's Official Research Centres in the summer of 2018. IC3 was created to advance climate change research by bringing together faculty and students from different disciplines.

IC3 sub-centres

IC3 expanded its scope through the establishment of a Senate-approved sub-Centre, the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre), in 2015 as well as its integration with the Canadian Cyrospheric Information Network/Polar Data Catalogue (CCIN/PDC) research group in 2016.