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Through collaboration among individuals engaged in water science, water engineering, water economics and water governance, the Water Institute is an interdisciplinary hub that facilitates innovative research, education and training. The Institute's activities focus on the sustainable use and management of water resources to support healthy and prosperous communities and ecosystems at the national and international scale.

  1. Aug. 15, 2016Waterloo biologist explains the science behind Rio’s green pools

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    The green water of Rio’s outdoor Olympic pools has baffled athletes, organizers and spectators but not Waterloo Biologist Kirsten Müller. She is fairly certain that algae is the culprit.

    Although low chlorine levels, minerals and copper can also cause water to look green, it’s the cloudy appearance of the water that suggests the presence of an algal biomass.

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  2. Aug. 12, 2016Videos now viewable online from Ecohydrology Research Group Research Symposium

    Seven full-length videos are now available below that feature many of the guest speakers who presented at the Ecohydrology Research Group Research Symposium.

    The research group, with support from the Water Institute, held a full-day research symposium on June 16, 2016, featuring coastal ecologists, watershed model developers, and environmental policy researchers from Europe and North America.

  3. July 29, 2016Fall 2016 term Water Institute Seed Grant applications now open

    Water Institute members are invited to submit proposals for the Water Institute’s Seed Grant Program fall term 2016 competition.

    The program aims to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration, facilitate interaction with national or international authorities, encourage new areas of research, and encourage the development of research proposals.

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Transformational research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries has deep roots at Waterloo. The Water Institute serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing grand challenges confronting the sustainable use and management of water.

— George Dixon, Vice-President, University Research, University of Waterloo