Ecohydrology at the University of Waterloo

Integrating Environmental Water Research Across Multi Scales and Disciplines 

Water is our most precious natural resource. All human activities, from agriculture and industrial processes to domestic uses, depend on water of sufficient quantity and quality. This is also true for natural ecosystems. In contrast to highly visible water quantity stressors, such as flash floods and prolonged droughts, changes in water quality are often more gradual and more difficult to detect, and their cumulative impacts more difficult to predict and manage. Water quality deterioration, however, poses more pervasive and chronic risks to the economy, human health and the ecological life-support systems of the planet.  

Water quality degradation is a global phenomenon. In Canada, for example, harmful and nuisance algal blooms are a persistent problem for many freshwater bodies, including the iconic Laurentian Great Lakes, while many of our First Nations communities still live under drinking water advisories. Globally, awareness is also growing that climate change adaptation must be an integral part of planning and implementing effective water management policies and practices.

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  1. May 23, 2023Philippe receives the 2023 Excellence in Science Research Award from the Faculty of Science

    In 2021, the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo introduced an internal awards program entitled the ‘Excellence in Science Research Awards’ to recognize outstanding research accomplishments by faculty members.  This is an annual competition where each academic unit in the Faculty is invited to submit three nominees: one recently tenured, one mid-career and one senior tenured faculty (10+ years post tenure).

  2. May 15, 2023Ecohydrology Research Group Attended GWF 2023

    Members of Ecohydrology Research Group attended the Global Water Futures 2023 Annual Open Science Meeting (GWF ASM) virtual conference on May 15th – 17th 2023!

    Panel Presentation:

    Presentation given by Philippe Van Cappellen titled "Lake eutrophication: Major GWF research outcomes" given in the panel "Changing Lakes, Ponds, and Wetlands" convened by Nandita Basu and Philippe Van Cappellen.

  3. May 10, 2023Ecohydrology Research Group Attends the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU)

    From May 7th to 10th, Ecohydrology Research Group members attended the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) in Banff, Alberta. The multidisciplinary conference featured public and plenary lectures and oral and poster presentations on hydrology, biogeosciences, geodesy, and solid earth. More information about the conference can be found on the conference website.

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