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The Department of Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) at University of Waterloo has a strong commitment to the discovery, application and dissemination of geographic knowledge focused on our home planet. Our environment goes beyond the natural world; it’s where we live, work and who we are. Understanding complexity requires excellence in research, teaching and an interdisciplinary approach which is as diverse as our students. Our graduate and undergraduate programs offer the theoretical and practical experience that students need to tackle the toughest environmental challenges and to help shape our sustainable future.

  1. June 20, 2017Prof. Peter Johnson conducts geomatics high school outreach at WCI with innovative balloon technologies

    Prof. Peter Johnson has been working with local high school students in a geotechnical program to explore and demonstrate map data capture using novel balloon technologies. You can find more information at his blog site Geospatial Participation.

  2. June 12, 2017Geography MES Sarah Tam receives two internationally-recognised tourism awards

    Geography and Environmental Management MES student Sarah Tam was recently selected as a top 3 Young Talent winner (out of 70 international applicants) to attend and present her work at the World Tourism Forum.

  3. June 7, 2017Dr. Richard M. Petrone elected President of the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU)

    GEM Professor, Dr. Richard M. Petrone was elected the new President of the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) last week at the Annual Meeting in Vancouver. The CGU, formed in 1945 when the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) convened the first meeting of an Associate Committee to advise it on the needs of geophysics, and now represents the interests of Canadian geoscientists through annual scientific meetings, awards programs, interactions with funding agencies, and advocating for the role of science in society and policy-making.

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