Climate science, modelling and observation

Research in the artic represents innovation in climate science, modelling and observation.

Bringing together Waterloo’s excellence in engineering, computer science, applied math and environmental monitoring, our members are building our understanding of how the climate system works and how it is changing. Through advancements in the application of artificial intelligence, remote sensing, machine learning, and geospatial modeling, they are discovering important insights about the climate system, and developing the tools and data needed to support governments and the private sector in their climate change planning.

From a series of airborne radar surveys and modelling, a team of researchers led by Dr. Christine Dow, professor in the school of Geography and Environmental Management and a Waterloo Climate Institute member, discovered the 460-km river under the Antarctica ice sheet that could be the missing link to climate models. Their findings show the base of the ice sheet has more active water flow than previously thought, which could make it more susceptible to changes in climate.

The High-altitude Aerosols, Water Vapour and Clouds (HAWC) mission received $200 million of Canadian Space Agency (CSA) funding to create transformative new satellite instruments for measuring changes in the atmosphere. Waterloo Climate Institute member, Dr. Chris Fletcher, is part of a scientific consortium developing satellite technology for the mission to better understand climate change and helping pave the way for space-age climate science.