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. 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.

  2. Sep. 9, 2016Waterloo to participate in $78 million Global Water Futures initiativeYukon River.

    $78 million from the Government of Canada will position the country as a global hub for leading-edge, user-driven water science for the world’s cold regions.

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  1. 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 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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