Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT)
200 University Ave. W
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567
Emil O. Frind pioneered the field of quantitative groundwater science and over his career he has been a leader in the development of modelling methodologies for groundwater processes. He has been recognized as a Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and honoured with a Life Member Award from the US National Ground Water Association.
His recent work has focused on source water protection and water sustainability, both vital issues as water resources become stressed due to growth, pollution, and climate change. His work with Waterloo Region to develop a strategy for the sustainable use of local groundwater as a drinking water source is saving taxpayers billions in infrastructure costs.
Office: EIT 2051B
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 33959
- Groundwater protection
- Groundwater contamination
- Well vulnerability
- Sustainability of water resources
- Predictive uncertainty
- Physical processes of flow and transport in groundwater systems
- Mathematical modelling techniques for groundwater processes
Although currently retired, Professor Frind remains active in the following projects:
Uncertainties in the delineation of well and stream capture zones
Methodologies for groundwater protection in complex aquifer systems: capture zone delineation, well vulnerability
Impact of road salt on groundwater resources
Sustainability of groundwater resources in Waterloo Region
Professor Frind is a highly cited researcher in his field with more than 150 scientific publications. In 2001, he was recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters, ranking within the top one per cent of scientists worldwide for the number of academic citations received within the fields of Ecology/Environment and Engineering.
Recent publications include
- Frind, Emil, 2015. Groundwater: A sustainable water source for Waterloo Region. Proceedings, IAH-CNC Waterloo 2015.
- Frind, Emil and John Molson, 2015. Groundwater flownets: “This is where I first understood groundwater flow systems”. Invited paper, Proceedings, IAH-CNC Waterloo 2015.
- Frind, Michael, Marcelo Sousa, John Molson, Emil Frind, and David Rudolph, 2015. Predicting the impact of surface sources on an aquifer: The role of dispersion. Proceedings, IAH-CNC Waterloo 2015.
- Frind, Emil O. and Tammy A. Middleton, 2014. Toward water sustainability for Waterloo Region. Canadian Water Resources Journal / Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques. 39(2), 88-94.
- Frind, Emil O., John W. Molson, Marcelo R. Sousa and Paul J. Martin, 2014. Insights from four decades of model development on the Waterloo Moraine: A review. Canadian Water Resources Journal / Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques. 39(2), 149-166.
- Frind, Emil O., Hazen A.J. Russell, David L. Rudolph, and David R. Sharpe, 2014. Preface to the Special Issue on the Waterloo Moraine: Water, science and policy. Canadian Water Resources Journal / Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques. 39(2), 85-87.
- Sousa, Marcelo R., David L. Rudolph and Emil O. Frind, 2014. Threats to groundwater resources in urbanizing watersheds: The Waterloo Moraine and beyond. Canadian Water Resources Journal / Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques. 39(2), 193-208.
- Sousa, M.R., E.O. Frind and D.L. Rudolph, 2013. An integrated approach for addressing uncertainty in the delineation of groundwater management areas. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 148, 12-24.
- Sousa, M.R., J.P. Jones, E.O. Frind and D.L. Rudolph, 2013. A simple method to assess unsaturated zone time lag in the travel time from ground surface to receptor. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 144, 138-151.
Awards and Distinctions
- 2015 Hall of Distinction Award for lifelong accomplishments in the profession, Engineering Alumni Association, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto
- 2014 GRCA Watershed Award for research on water systems leading to valuable insight into the future of the Grand River watershed, Grand River Conservation Authority
- 2007 Life Member Award for life-time contributions to ground water, National Ground Water Association
- 2007 Robert N. Farvolden Award for outstanding contributions to the disciplines of science and engineering that emphasize the role or importance of groundwater, International Association of Hydrogeologists and Canadian Geotechnical Society
- 2001 Highly Cited Researcher in the fields of Ecology/Environment and Engineering in Current Contents, ISI Thomson Scientific (one of 250 most-cited authors in this field world-wide, or one of 14 in Canada).
- 2000 Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
- 2000 M. King Hubbert Award for major science or engineering contributions to the knowledge of groundwater, National Groundwater Association
- 1998 University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award for course Groundwater Modelling.
University of Waterloo Affiliations
- Member, The Water Institute
Professional Associations and Service
Research journal editorships
- 2013-2014 Guest Editor for Special Issue on Waterloo Moraine, Canadian Water Resources Journal
- 2001-2008. Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
- 1990-2004 Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Hydrology
- 1985-present Member of Editorial Board, Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
- 1984-91 Member of Editorial Board, Advances in Water Resources
- 1989-93 Associate Editor, Water Resources Research
- National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
- American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- Geological Society of America (GSA)
- Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (APEO)
- International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
1971 PhD Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, Ontario
1967 MSc Hydrology, University of Toronto, Ontario
1966 BSc Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, Ontario