Understanding our Changing Planet

Finding practical solutions to complex problems. As a globally respected discipline, Geography is highly relevant in today’s complex world, giving us the perspective and tools to respond to many challenges facing society. At its core, Geography seeks to provide a location context and practical solutions to address issues that span from the local to the global. This interdisciplinary field bridges the social sciences (human geography), information technology (geomatics), and the natural and physical sciences (physical geography) in finding sustainable solutions to global to local problems. At Waterloo, Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) does all of this.

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If you are interested in research-infused graduate and undergraduate programs that offer innovative hands-on experiential training, quantitative and qualitative skills development, and an integrative perspective that needed to tackle the toughest environmental and sustainability challenges, you have come to the right place.

  1. May 17, 2018GEM & ERS Students Trek To Everest Base Camp With Dr. NepalNepal

    On Monday, May 14th, a group of GEM and ERS students headed out to Nepal, as part of a 22-day course field trip to the Kathmandu and Everest regions.

  2. May 17, 2018Dan Scott In the Media: Global tourism's carbon footprint is four times bigger than thought

    Global tourism accounts for 8% of total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, four times more than previously believed, new research says.

  3. May 15, 2018GEM Students at ECCE App ChallengeECCE GEM

    Congratulations to GEM students Juan Carrillo, Anam Rahman, Jaydeep Mistry, and Stephanie Wen (pictured in order) for finishing 1st runners-up in the recent Esri Canada Centre for Excellence (ECCE) App Challenge.

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  1. June 28, 2018Cryosphere Research Group Seminar

    With over 500 events in 94 countries, Arduino Day celebrations on May 12 provided proof of the popularity of the Arduino platform in the maker world. In our corner of the world, the Arduino platform can offer a low cost, and customizable means to augment commercial research equipment such as weather stations, provided you are not afraid to do a little work.

    Please join us for a presentation by PhD candidate Aaron Thompson, entitled:

    ‘Low-cost DIY Arduino Weather Station’

    An outline of the presentation follows:

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