Research and Education at the Boundaries

Geography and Env. Mgmt.

Geography and Aviation

Geography is a diverse discipline that studies physical and human environments from local to global scales. Whether it is finding solutions to the climate emergency, understanding the relationship between economy and society, analysing change in our physical environment or developing novel technologies to better map our world, Geography bridges the social sciences (human geography), environmental information technologies (geomatics), and the natural sciences (physical geography) to find sustainable solutions to the problems that face our planet.

We also offer the only Geography and Aviation Bachelors degree in the world that provides profesional flight training and develops student understanding of sustainable aviation.

If you are interested in a deep-rooted discipline that offers hands-on training, quantitative and qualitative skills development, and an integrative perspective needed to tackle the toughest contemporary environmental and sustainability challenges, you have come to the right place. Our Department offers Bachelors degrees (B.E.S.), a Masters of Climate Change degree (M.C.C.), Masters research degrees (M.E.S., M.A., M.Sc.), and a Ph.D. degree.

World Rankings for Geography and Environmental Management at Waterloo
QS WUR2021 QS World Rankings. #5 in Canada for Geography.
THES WRU2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. #6 in Canada for Geography.
AWRU2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Top 75 in the World for Geography.

  1. Sep. 17, 2021GEM Graduate Awarded 2021 Outstanding Paper by Vadose Zone Journal

    GEM graduate Kirsten Grant was recently awarded the 2021 Outstanding Paper award by Vadose Zone Journal. Her paper was titled "Nutrient Leaching in Soil Affected by Fertilizer Application and Frozen Ground", and can be read here

  2. June 7, 2021New study reveals that nature can deliver immediate impact in Canada’s fight to tackle the climate crisis

    Waterloo researchers contribute to new science led by Nature United

    By protecting, better managing, and restoring nature, Canada can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, concludes Nature United’s ground-breaking Natural Climate Solutions for Canada. The new study published in Science Advances shows that Natural Climate Solutions can help Canada mitigate up to 78 M

  3. May 25, 2021The University of Waterloo declares a climate emergency
    Carbon Sm

    Global climate change is a grand challenge for society in the 21st century. The observed impacts and future risks of accelerating climate change demand determined climate action.

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