Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Earth Adjunct Professor appointed to Expert Panel on the Future of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada

Collage of headshots from all 11 members of Expert Panel.

The Arctic is undergoing unprecedented changes. As a result, Northern communities, and Canada as an Arctic and maritime country, are facing profound economic, social, and ecosystem impacts. Adjunct Professor Richard Boudreault, in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been appointed as a member of the Expert Panel on the Future of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada at the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

New map shows where fracking-induced earthquakes could hit in Canada

The map shows earthquakes related to hydraulic fracture. Major earthquakes are represented with red and white graphics.

Scientists from the University of Waterloo have developed a map showing which regions and population centres of Western Canada are likely to experience earthquakes induced by underground energy extraction.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Using compost instead of nitrogen as fertilizer in Canada can slow global warming

Farmer's field with corn stalks and snow.

A new study led from the University of Waterloo discovered greenhouse gas production is significantly less when biobased residues like compost replaces widely used nitrogen fertilizer during spring freeze-thaw events in cold temperate regions.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Philippe Van Cappellen wins prestigious Canadian Geophysical Union Medal

Professor Philippe Van Cappellen from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and a Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Ecohydrology, has been awarded the J. Tuzo Wilson Medal, the Canadian Geophysical Union's (CGU) greatest honour.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Keith Delaney wins the 2022 Excellence in Science Teaching Award

Keith Delaney

We are pleased to announce that Keith Delaney is one of this year’s Faculty of Science Excellence in Science Teaching Award recipients!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Human actions accelerate climate-driven floods and droughts

Stream flowing through rocks in a forest

A study of more than 2,000 streams around North America found that those altered by human activity are at greater risk of flooding.

The study from the University of Waterloo analyzed the seasonal flow patterns of 2,272 streams in Canada and the U.S. and found that human-managed streams – those impacted by developments like dams, canals, or heavy urbanization – had significantly different flow patterns compared to streams in natural watersheds.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Study recommends six steps to improve our water quality

A farmer uses specialized equipment to fertilize his raspberry field

Nitrogen fertilizers are critical for growing crops to feed the world, yet when applied in excess can pollute our water for decades. A new study provides six steps to address nitrogen pollution and improve water quality.

Monday, January 31, 2022

A tribute to Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

Past and present members of the Faculty of Science community are saddened by the news that William David Taylor passed away on January 24, 2022.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

New economic model finds wetlands provide billions in filtration value

A river flowing through a marshy wetland

Southern Ontario wetlands provide $4.2 billion worth of sediment filtration and phosphorus removal services each year, keeping our drinking water sources clean and helping to mitigate harmful and nuisance algal blooms in our lakes and rivers.

A new study from the University of Waterloo uses economic valuation to help us understand the importance of Southern Ontario’s wetlands for water filtration – particularly as these sensitive ecosystems continue to be lost by conversion to agriculture or urban development.

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