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 NET, Canada’s first nationally funded program designed to connect 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. May 28, 2018Phosphexᵀᴹ wraps up field testing as a $10 million George Barley Water Prize contenderPhosphex field testing in Holland Marsh, Ontario.

    Today, the University of Waterloo PhosphexTM team wraps up its field tests where they’ve demonstrated their technology’s ability to remove phosphorus from Holland Marsh in Bradford, Ontario.

  2. Apr. 19, 2018Water Institute announces latest Seed GrantsPlant growing in a chemistry flask

    Four interdisciplinary teams led by University of Waterloo researchers are set to advance water research in creative, unconventional ways. New approaches to detect and manage micropollutants, techniques that predict the impacts of climate change on snow and lakes, and new modelling techniques will be explored through $69,000 in Water Institute seed grants.

  3. Apr. 11, 2018Fereidoun Rezanezhad represents Water Institute in meeting with China Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES)Soil and Solid Waste Institute team at CRAES.

    Soil and Solid Waste Institute team at CRAES.

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  1. June 17 to 20, 20181st International Conference on Water Security1st annual Water Security Conference, Toronto, June 17-20, 2018.

    Water Security is emerging as a primary sustainability challenge across the globe in the 21st century. It is a determinant for security in various societal and environmental aspects including food, energy, economy, environment and public health, and thus has a complex,  political momentum that goes far beyond the traditional water sector. 

    The 1st International Conference on Water Security, organized by Elsevier and co-chaired by Philippe Van Cappellen of the University of Waterloo and Upmanu Lall of Columbia University, will welcome academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight key issues and directions for change from scientific and policy perspectives.

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