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. Sep. 22, 2022New paper modeling explores the role of pore-scale heterogeneities in groundwater bioremediation

    A new paper entitled “Pore-Scale Heterogeneities Improve the Degradation of a Self- Inhibiting Substrate: Insights from Reactive Transport Modeling” uses reactive transport modeling to analyze contaminant bioremediation in natural porous media such as soils and groundwater. The model accounts for the potential impact of substrate self-inhibition, that is, when microbial activity becomes inhibited at high concentrations of the contaminant. The results show that pore-scale heterogeneities enhance the bioremediation rate, compared to simulations in a homogeneous porous medium.

  2. Sep. 21, 2022Ecohydrology Research Group presents at IAH 2022

    Ecohydrology Research Group (ERG) members presented their research virtually at the 49th International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Congress. Philippe Van Cappellen gave a Keynote Lecture on “Global Impacts of River Damming on Carbon and Nutrient Cycles: A Synthesis” on the final day of the congress, which was held fully online.

  3. Sep. 16, 2022First Microplastics Annual Meeting in Waterloo

    The first annual meeting of the Microplastics Fingerprinting project was held on the CIGI campus in downtown Waterloo. The aim of the workshop was to review the progress of the work so far and exchange ideas about further integration among the different work packages, as well as deepening collaborations with our external partners. Below is the program of the meeting.

    Microplastics Annual Meeting 2022 Program

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