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. Aug. 2, 2022New research paper examines salinization as a driver of eutrophication symptoms in an urban lake

    Research presented in a paper authored by ERG member Jovana Radosavljevic published in Science of the Total Environment demonstrates that increasing lake salinization linked to urban growth causes water quality deterioration usually ascribed to the proliferation of algae driven by nutrient enrichment. Salinization strengthens water column stratification which, in turn, results in more oxygen depletion of the hypolimnion, and more internal phosphorus loading in the lake.

  2. July 22, 2022Innovation News Network special report on investigating winter soil processes

    Professors Philippe Van Cappellen and Fereidoun Rezanezhad discuss how they are developing methods to better understand winter soil processes.

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  3. July 13, 2022New research article examines the state of microplastic pollution data availability

    A new research article titled “Current State of Microplastic Pollution Research Data: Trends in Availability and Sources of Open Data” authored by ERG undergraduate co-op student Tia Jenkins has been published. The article published in Frontiers in Environmental Science investigated the findability and accessibility of research data within the microplastics community.

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