Welcome to Global Water Futures

The world is entering an era of immense water-related threats due to climate change and human actions. Floods, droughts, reduced water availability and degraded water quality threaten communities, nations and global sociopolitical and economic security. In cold regions, snow, ice and frozen soils affect water availability, and global warming and human activities are creating unprecedented environmental change.

The University of Waterloo has partnered with the University of Saskatchewan, joining collaborators from Wilfrid Laurier University and McMaster University to help transform the way communities, governments and industries in Canada and other cold regions of the world prepare for and manage increasing water-related threats.

Global Water Futures will position Canada as a global hub for leading-edge, user-driven water science for the world’s cold regions.

  1. June 25, 2018Climate change accelerating rising sea levelsglacier

    A new study from the University of Waterloo discovered that rising sea levels could be accelerated by vulnerable ice shelves in the Antarctic.

  2. June 13, 2018Water experts mobilize in Toronto to discuss water securityriver rocks

    There are 700 million people in 43 countries currently suffering from water scarcity. By 2025, 1.8 billion people are expected to be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity.

    On June 17-20, Water Institute members and water experts from around the world are gathering in Toronto to discuss issues of water security at the First International Conference on Water Security.

  3. June 12, 2018Researchers from across Canada meet to discuss water securitycanoeing on the river

    In what is believed to be the first major science gathering on a First Nation in Canada, researchers from across the country came together June 3 – 6 for the inaugural meeting of Global Water Futures (GWF) on the Six Nations of the Grand River and at McMaster University to discuss critically important issues related to Canada’s freshwater resources.  

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