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. The University of Saskatchewan-led Global Water Futures research initiative will position Canada as a global hub for leading-edge, user-driven water science for the world’s cold regions.

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  1. Aug. 22, 2017Millions of lakes right in our backyard serve as windows into Earth’s originsBoreal Lake

    Countless lakes in Canada and elsewhere may offer some important insights into how life on Earth began and may also help us grapple with the pressing environmental issues facing the planet today.

    The Boreal Shield is the largest of Canada’s 15 terrestrial ecozones, where boreal forests overlap the Canadian Shield. It stretches almost 4,000 kilometres from Newfoundland to Alberta. The millions of lakes that stud the Boreal Shield may offer clues into how ancient microorganisms might have shaped atmospheric and geological conditions on Earth.

  2. July 19, 2017Destruction of wetlands linked to algal blooms in Great LakesWetlands

    Canada's current wetland protection efforts have overlooked how the environment naturally protects fresh-water resources from agricultural fertilizer contaminants, researchers from the University of Waterloo's Water Institute have found.

    In a recent study, researchers at Waterloo’s Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering found that small wetlands have a more significant role to play than larger ones in preventing excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer from reaching waterbodies such as the Great Lakes.

  3. June 9, 2017University of Waterloo researchers lead impactful projects on climate changestock image of lake

    Climate change is significantly impacting Canada’s water resources. From melting permafrost, to more pervasive algal blooms, to increased flooding, these impacts are only expected to increase in the future. Three professors from the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute have been awarded significant grants to develop new, innovative technologies and to deliver new management approaches to enhance the resilience and adaptive capacity of Canada’s water resources in the face of climate change.

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  1. Aug. 28, 2017How to value marine and coastal ecosystem services for policy use Water Talk Banner

    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalk lecture series Ståle Navrud, professor of environmental and resource economics, presents, "How to value marine and coastal ecosystem services for policy use." 

  2. Sep. 5, 2017Data instead of concrete? Exploring the potential of digitalization in urban drainageWater Talk Banner

    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalk lecture series professor Max Maurer, head of the Urban Water Management Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag), presents, "Data instead of concrete? Exploring the potential of digitalization in urban drainage." 

  3. Sep. 10 to 13, 2017The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy — Elsevier's 4th Water Research ConferenceThe Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy.  Elsevier's fourth water research conference

    We are pleased to announce that the Water Institute will host Elsevier's renowned annual Water Research Conference. Welcoming water colleagues from around the world, the conference will focus on the role of water technology innovation in the blue economy.

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