"Universities play a critical role in addressing the challenges posed by climate change, both through innovative research and specialized training required to respond to complex and rapidly evolving professional demands. The MCC provides students the opportunity to learn from and mentor with several scientists that have served with the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in various capacities over the last 15 years."

Dr. Daniel Scott
Canada Research Chair and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change

The Master of Climate Change (MCC) program will give students the opportunity to learn from and mentor with professors from different academic departments and schools within the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo as well as colleagues from Wilfrid Laurier University that are part of the joint Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography.

Some MCC professors have been involved with climate change research since the 1980s and several have worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as contributing authors or expert reviewers over the past 15 years. Our professors have collaborated with and advised a wide range of Canadian and international organizations, including for example:

The research expertise of faculty members who are affiliated with the MCC program is outlined below and their individual web pages provide further information on their publications and ongoing research projects.

  • Jean Andrey - Department of Geography and Environmental Management (GEM)
    • weather and society
    • hazards
    • climate change impacts and adaptation
    • transportation planning
    • road safety
  • Derek Armitage - School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability (SERS)
    • management and governance of aquatic system (coastal-marine and freshwater)
    • human dimensions of environmental change
    • social-ecological systems
    • multi-level governance of climate change
  • Sarah Burch - GEM
    • low carbon development pathways and sustainability transitions
    • multi-level governance of climate change
    • participatory scenario development and landscape visualizations
    • synergies and tradeoffs between climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Neil Craik - School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)
    • international and domestic environmental law, including climate change mitigation law
    • carbon market regulation and geo-engineering
    • natural resources, aboriginal, municipal and planning law
    • innovative regulatory and governance strategies
  • Simon Dalby - Geography and Environmental Studies (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Balsillie School of International Affairs
    • political ecology of climate change
    • geopolitics
    • global security
    • environmental change
    • militarization
    • spatial dimensions of governance.
  • Rob de Loë - SERS
    • water governance and water policy
    • water security
    • water allocation
    • drinking water source protection
    • water sector adaptation to climate change
  • Brent Doberstein - GEM
    • sustainable resource and environmental management
    • hazard mitigation and disaster risk reduction
    • climate change and disaster risk reduction
    • parks and protected areas
  • Claude Duguay - GEM
    • climate-cryosphere interactions
    • northern hydrology,
    • microwave remote sensing,
    • numerical modelling
  • Susan Elliott - GEM
    • climate change
    • global environmental health
  • Blair Feltmate - SEED
    • climate adaptation programs in Canada
    • climate change risk and impacts
    • corporate sustainable development
  • Chris Fletcher - GEM
    • numerical climate models
    • climate variability and change over North America and Europe
  • Richard Kelly - GEM
    • snow and ice hydrology
    • use of active and passive remote sensing instruments to estimate global water storage in seasonal snowpacks
    • climate-cryosphere interactions
  • Brendon Larson - SERS
    • rethinking the conservation of biodiversity in the context of global change (e.g., assisted colonization, invasive species, and novel ecosystems).
  • Ellsworth LeDrew - GEM
    • climate-cryosphere interactions using passive microwave observations and numerical climate models
    • exploration of high spectral and spatial resolution imagery for analysis of environmental stress on tropical coral reefs
    • data management and archiving for Polar Environmental Science
  • Carrie Mitchell - School of Planning
    • climate change and cities
    • resilience theory and its application in urban planning
    • urban services provision
  • Richard Petrone - GEM
    • soil–vegetation–atmosphere interactions especially as influenced by hydrologic and climatic conditions
    • trace gas exchange in wetland and forested systems
    • interactions between vegetation and hydrology and climate (weather)
    • modeling the impacts of climatic and land-use stresses on these linkages
  • Paul Parker - GEM
    • sustainable energy systems
    • sustainable economic development strategies at the local or national level
    • residential sector energy efficiency
    • community-scale climate change mitigation strategies
  • Derek Robinson - GEM
    • land use/management and the carbon cycle
    • agent-based modelling
    • human decision-making models for policy scenarios on changes to land use and land cover, ecological function and the provision of ecosystem services
  • Ian Rowlands - SERS
    • managing energy use effectively and sustainably
    • Ontario residential energy consumption
    • renewable electricity in Canada and the U.S.
    • solar energy development
  • Daniel Scott - GEM
    • climate impacts-adaptation and emissions-mitigation in the global tourism sector
    • impacts and adaptation in parks and protected areas management
    • sustainable tourism
    • climate change communication
  • Jason Thistlethwaite - SEED
    • economic impacts of extreme weather and climate change
    • insurance and financial sector collaborations
  • Johanna Wandel - GEM
    • human dimensions of environmental change
    • community-scale climate change vulnerability, adaptation planning and implementation
  • Olaf Weber - SEED
    • environmental and sustainable finance with a focus on sustainable credit risk management, sustainability reporting, measuring the impact of microfinance, social banking and impact investing.
  • Steve Young - SEED
    • developing sustainability assessment approaches
    • evaluating the environmental performance of products and projects including carbon footprints, enterprise carbon management, measurement-reporting-verification of GHGs, and business carbon management strategies.