Earth and Environmental Sciences combines geology with studies in surface and groundwater, as well as the engineering properties of rocks and soils. We invite you to learn more about our internationally recognized research from helping communities protect groundwater resources to understanding the mysteries of geologic processes deep within the Earth.

As active researchers, we offer our students a hands-on learning experience in addition to innovative degrees and programs, such as TERRE CREATE, Canada’s first nationally funded program designed to train the next generation of sustainable mining professionals.

Our unique Earth Sciences Museum and its K-12 outreach program give us the chance to share our passion with the community. The Department is also an active supporter and participant of the Water Institute.

  1. Feb. 6, 2018Sixth Annual World Wetlands Day Celebration at University of WaterlooCrowd listening to a presentation by Bruce MacVicar

    Friday, February 2 marked the Ecohydrology Research Group’s sixth annual World Wetlands Day (WWD) celebration at the University of Waterloo. This year’s program featured research presentations, three-minute student presentations, a student poster competition, and an evening public lecture.The symposium had over 90 registrants and was attended by researchers from various universities across southwestern Ontario as well as members of the general public. It even got a Twitter-nod from MP of Waterloo Bardish Chagger.

  2. Feb. 5, 2018Groundwater study of Kurikka region goes internationalMartin Ross and colleagues on site in Finland.

    Associate Prof. Martin Ross is starting a new collaboration with the Geological Survey of Finland who has been involved in a large groundwater study in the municipality of Kurikka in western Finland.

    The purpose of the study is to improve understanding of the groundwater system and to assess the quality and quantity of the water resources. A three-dimensional model of the subsurface geology will be developed followed by detailed groundwater flow modelling.

  3. Jan. 25, 2018Two major avalanches linked to climate change, according to international study involving WaterlooLANDSAT-8 image (obtained October 14, 2016) of the July (upper) and September (lower) glacier collapses in Western Tibet.

    A study released today in Nature Geoscience describes how climate change played a major role in the massive catastrophic collapse of two glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau in July and September 2016.

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  1. Feb. 28, 2018MSc Thesis Defence: Hyumin (Danny) OH

    The Role of Physical Ice Barrier and Pore Structure Regulating the Exchange of Gases in Wetlands Peat Soil During Freeze-Thaw Cycles

  2. Feb. 28, 2018Science 3MT Faculty HeatPurple and green helium balloons with silver 3MT in the middle

    Interested in research? Want to learn more about what our Science grad students are working on? Thinking of competing next year?

    Join us to see how the participants use one slide and three minutes to present their research to a public audience.

  3. Mar. 1, 2018MSc Thesis Defence: Waleed GUSTI

    Evaluating the Effectiveness of Chemical Oxidation Approaches for Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contaminants at 30˚C: A Study with Focus on Compound Specific Isotope Analysis

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