A global leader in interdisciplinary water research and education

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.

Research themes

  1. Sept. 25, 2016Canadian communities threatened by climate change, Blair Feltmate of School of Environment, Enterprise and Development comments

    CBC Radio interviewed water experts to comment on five Canadian communities threatened by climate change, among those interviewed was Blair Feltmate, of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development.

  2. Sept. 19, 2016Wetland strategy fraught with risks, op-ed by Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Barry Warner

    The Waterloo Chronicle and the Waterloo Region Record published an op-ed by Water Institute member and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Barry Warner.

    Warner studies the dynamics of natural, restored, and created wetlands using a variety of ecological and paleoecological indicators. These methods are used to study wetland ecosystems across a variety of spatial scales and temporal scales.

  3. Sept. 14, 2016Oilsands wetland reclamation, Geography and Environmental Management prof comments

    The Edmonton Journal and the Waterloo Region Record recently featured a story on the challenges of reclaiming open-pit mines that were once wetlands. The story includes comments by Water Institute member and Department of Geography and Environmental Management Professor Jonathan Price.

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  1. Sept. 27, 2016Ecohydrology Seminar Series: Dr. Laura Hug

    Accessing microbial diversity and heterogeneity in the environment

    Presented by Dr. Laura Hug
    Assistant Professor, Environmental Microbiology
    Department of Biology, University of Waterloo

  2. Sept. 28, 2016Preserving Prairie Wetland Hydrological and Biogeochemical Functions: What do we need to know?

    Genevieve Ali is Junior Chair of the Watershed Systems Research Program and Assistant Professor of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

    Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

    Register today.

  3. Sept. 30, 2016Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models, and Decision-Making

    2016 Darcy Lecturer: Ty Ferré, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona

    Everyone welcome. Refreshments provided.

    See the event poster for more information.

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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