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. 


Researchers at the University of Waterloo, led by Climate Institute member Claude Duguay have developed new tools using machine learning models to identify lake ice conditions with unprecedented accuracy. These tools will significantly advance climate change monitoring and public safety. By processing satellite radar altimetry data, the algorithm can differentiate between open water, thin ice, growing ice, or melting ice with 94% accuracy.