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Geography is increasingly relevant in today’s complex world, giving us the perspective and tools to respond to many challenges facing society. At its core, the discipline of 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, and the natural and physical sciences (physical geography).

The Internationally-ranked Department of Geography and Environmental Management’s (GEM) has many strengths, including excellence in research and teaching driven by a dynamic and diverse interdisciplinary approach framed around four themes: climate change, development and environment, Earth system science and geomatics (the use of geographical information technology to study the environment). Our research-infused graduate and undergraduate programs offer innovative hands-on experiential training, quantitative and qualitative skills development, and integrative perspective that students need to tackle the toughest environmental and sustainability challenges. Our graduates are well-prepared to made an impact in the world and effect change across diverse industries.

  1. Feb. 6, 2018Tara Vinodrai Featured In Waterloo News

    Geography & Environmental Management professor Dr. Tara Vinodrai was recently featured in an article posted by Waterloo News. It is related to her research on the impacts of mixed-use neighbourhoods. Here is the artcle. 

  2. Feb. 1, 2018Geomatics Featured on 'Beyond Ideas'

    "If you're interested in how technology intersects with nature and society, Geomatics is worth pursuing."

    An excellent introductory statement to the area of Geomatics, recently featured on the UWaterloo 'Beyond Ideas' section of the website. Here is the article, "Finding A Fit In Geomatics".

  3. Jan. 12, 2018University of Waterloo working to help reduce global pilot shortage

    The aviation industry is facing a pilot shortage – to the point where attracting, recruiting, and educating the next generation has been named a ‘Global Priority’ by an agency of the United Nations.

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