Accelerating the transition to a just, resilient, low-carbon future

The University of Waterloo Climate Institute brings together scientists and students to elevate and enhance the impact and excellence of innovative interdisciplinary research and education that empowers business, government and civil society to respond effectively to the climate crisis.

University of Waterloo’s unique combination of strengths and depth of expertise allows us to deal head-on with the complexity and interconnectedness of social, political and technological dimensions of the climate crisis.

Our expertise and focus

Our three core areas of research and innovation are developed through lenses of equity, justice, governance, and innovation to create truly impactful solutions for this existential global challenge. 


Nandita Basu, Waterloo Climate Institute member and professor in the departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences, is the recipient of a prestigious award recognizing her contributions to international water research.

Waterloo researchers, including Climate Institute members Olaf Weber, Horatiu Rus and Jason Thistlethwaite, publish new paper that reveals half of our watersheds have a moderate to high potential for water risk