A global leader in interdisciplinary water research and education

The Water Institute facilitates collaboration, supports excellence and promotes innovation in interdisciplinary water research and education. Today, more than 150 faculty members from all six University of Waterloo faculties and 19 departments are members of the Water Institute.

"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 Academic & Provost, University of Waterloo

  1. Mar. 9, 2018Restoring peatlands to help fight climate changeMaria Strack

    One of Canada’s greatest natural resources doesn’t need mining or refining, it just needs researchers to help us leave it alone.

    The true north strong and free. It’s a well-worn phrase evoking soaring mountains, verdant forests, rocky coasts and golden plains. But Canada also has a massive wet, marshy, boggy, ignored landscape known as peatlands. They may not have made it into our national anthem, but according to Water Institute member and professor in Waterloo's Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Maria Strack, they could be one of Canada’s secret weapon to fight climate change.  

  2. Mar. 8, 2018Exploring glaciers to understand climate change Christine Dow

    Glaciers can warn us about the looming dangers of climate change, but it takes a multidisciplinary scientist (with a warm jacket) to interpret the message.

    Glaciers may have the reputation of moving slowly, but deep below them, unseen by humans, things are moving more quickly every day. Global warming is melting our glaciers, creating streams of icy water and slush below the surface. If this water spreads out, it can lubricate the ice above it and cause the glaciers to flow faster. While this melt and the resulting glacier flow tells scientists how fast our climate is changing, it’s up to a new breed of scientist to tell us how fast we need to act. 

  3. Mar. 8, 2018Canada's forests vital to our national drinking water security

    Water Institute member explains how and why during 40th annual Forest Industry  Lecture

    On November 2, 2017, Waterloo Engineering professor and Water Institute member, Monica Emelko, delivered the 40th annual Forest Industry Lecture at the University of Alberta, "Strategic Importance of Canada’s Forests in National Drinking Water Security." The lecture

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  1. Mar. 20, 2018Ecohydrology Seminar Series: Dr. David Depew

    Coastal eutrophication in the lower Great Lakes – amelioration of nuisance blooms of benthic algae may be more challenging than we think

    Coffee will be provided. 

  2. Mar. 22, 2018World Water DayWorld Water Day Logo

    The annual UN World Water Day in Waterloo is on March 22, 2017. This year's theme is Nature for Water,  exploring how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

  3. Mar. 22, 2018Wild Weather Talks and Roundtable: Our Changing ClimateRegion of Waterloo Museum building

    Join three of our Water Institute members at the Waterloo Region Museum for a special presentation and roundtable discussion about climate change in the Region of Waterloo and across the globe.

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