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
Hans Dürr uses modeling tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze water resources, river typologies and coastal systems from local to regional and global scales. He also studies the large-scale transfer of nutrients and sediments between groundwater–surface water, groundwater–lake water, and land–ocean interfaces.
Professor Dürr's research has been featured by a variety of news outlets, including World Science Report and Science Daily.
- Biogeochemical modeling of water resources and nutrient transport at the catchment, regional and global scale
- GIS - geographic information systems, including ArcView GIS software
- Modeling programs: hydrological and hydrogeological models, coupling to biogeochemical models, Reactive Transport Modeling
Professor Dürr specialises in biogeochemical modeling within the Ecohydrology Research Group.
He employs a variety of modeling tools, such as ArcView GIS, to analyze water resources, typologies of river and coastal systems and material fluxes such as nutrients and sediments from local to regional and global scales. He studies these dynamics at system interfaces such as groundwater–surface water, groundwater–lake water, or interactions where the land joins the oceans.
Recent work has focused on the catchment scale, especially on groundwater discharge of nutrients to large lakes and coastal areas, on modeling of Arctic hydrology and hydrochemistry, and on plastics pollution of the Laurentian Great Lakes.
Professor Dürr teaches graduate courses in
- Nutrients in Watersheds,
- Quantitative methods in GIS, and
- Physical limnology and oceanography.
He also supervises and co-supervises PhD, MSc, and BSc projects.
Awards and Distinctions
2010-2011 Hamburg University (Germany), Visiting Researcher Grant (Co-PI), €10,000.
1998-2002 Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI, France) PhD fellowship offered to the top 5% MSc students by the French Federal Ministry of education, €36,000.
University of Waterloo Affiliations
The Water Institute
Professional Associations and Service
Geochemical Society (GS)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
European Geophysical Union (EGU)
SCOR/LOICZ working group 132 – GEOHABs – Land-based nutrient pollution and the relationship to Harmful Algal Blooms in coastal marine systems (2009 – 2011);
IOC/UNESCO– NEWS2USE – Coastal eutrophication: linking nutrient sources to coastal ecosystem effects and management (since 2009);
RECCAP – REgional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes, a joint project of the Earth System Science Partnership (since 2010).
The following news stories have featured Professor Dürr's research:
March 24, 2015 Waterloo scientists find disturbingly little about plastics in the Great Lakes
Live TV interview on Rogers TV ‘Talk Local’
Featured in a page one newspaper article in the Waterloo Region Record
- April 11, 2014 Grand River watershed could be showcase for smart water management(University of Waterloo homepage)
December 9, 2013 Waterloo’s model key to globalizing carbon dioxide water study. This story has appeared in more than 15 news outlets, including
- Smithsonian.com, "World's rivers and streams leak a lot of carbon dioxide"
- Science World Report, "Rivers and streams release more greenhouse gases than lakes"
- Science Daily, "Rivers and streams release more greenhouse gas than all lakes."
2003 PhD Earth Sciences, Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris VI, France
1998 MSc Hydrology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, geostatistics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris VI, France
1997 MSc Hydrology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
1993 BSc Hydrology (with distinction), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany