Based at the University of Waterloo, IC3 provides a focal point for climate change research, information, and education. The Centre is an interdisciplinary hub with over 70 faculty members from all six University faculties and several external organizations, including Wilfrid Laurier University, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Natural Resources Canada.
IC3's mission is 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.
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 membership has more than doubled since its inception and expanded representation across departments, reflecting the deepening and broadening scope of climate change research at Waterloo.
Today, IC3's members represent 18 departments and schools across all 6 faculties at the Univserity of Waterloo, 3 on-campus climate research groups (Partners for Action, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Canadian Cryospheric Information Network), and 5 external organizations (Wilfrid Laurier University, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada).
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Climate change research and education
IC3 members are actively involved in climate change focused research and teaching at the University of Waterloo, and their work has strengthened connections to community, government and economic sectors across Canada, as well as internationally.
Recognizing the need for international education and professional training specific to climate change, IC3 was the catalyst for the development of the Master of Climate Change (MCC) program. This one-year, course-based program provides a unique educational experience to students interested in the many emerging career paths in climate change science, policy and management.
IC3 expanded its scope through the establishment of a Senate-approved sub-Centre, the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA), in 2015 as well as its integration with the Canadian Cyrospheric Information Network/Polar Data Catalogue (CCIN/PDC) research group in 2016.