Welcome to Global Water Futures

Global Water Futures (GWF) is a seven-year research initiative that will position Canada as a global leader in water science for cold regions. The project will provide governments, businesses and communities with the risk management tools they need to tackle threats to Canada’s water supply and quality.

Program Highlights:

  • Funded in part by a $77.8-million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, GWF is Canada’s largest water research project.

  • The program is supported by a unique partnership between universities across Canada with core support for the research being supported by the University of Waterloo, University of Saskatchewan, Wilfrid Laurier University, and McMaster University.

  • The University of Waterloo is leading nine projects and are involved in eight additional projects.

  • Over 90 University of Waterloo researchers and graduate students are involved.


Thursday, January 19, 2023

Jimmy Lin named a 2022 ACM Fellow

A message from the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

GWF core team member and faculty leadProfessor Jimmy Lin has been named a 2022 ACM Fellow for his contributions to question answering, information retrieval, and natural language processing.

The Association for Computing Machinery is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM fellowships are conferred to the top 1 percent of the association’s members, and the prestigious recognition indicates outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.

Since the 1960s, eutrophication has been a critical problem in Lake Erie. High phosphorus concentrations in lake water are considered to be one of the major drivers that causes eutrophication leading to an overgrowth of algae. After the restriction of phosphorus use in household products, and upgrades of wastewater treatment plants, eutrophication was absent in the lake from 1980 to the mid-1990s.