The Waterloo Climate Institute, formerly known as the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change, is the focal point for climate change research, training, and knowledge mobilization at the University of Waterloo. The institute is a hub with over 110 researchers from all six University faculties, hundreds of students, and scientists from partner institutions and government agencies, including Wilfrid Laurier University, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada, and Natural Resources Canada.
Our mission is 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. We achieve this by bringing together our research community and partners around strategic research and training priorities that advance climate change solutions at the local, national, and international scales.
Institute member expertise and research span three core areas of climate change research:
- Deep decarbonization and sustainability transitions
- Climate science, modelling and observation
- Climate risks, resilience and adaptation
Our research also considers critical cross-cutting themes of equity, justice, governance and innovation.
Our office is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. We acknowledge that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples, and our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses and throughout the Kitchener-Waterloo region through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within the Office of Indigenous Relations.