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Friday, May 19, 2017

Water Institute scientists lead $1.9M project to help farmers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions

Members of Parliament Raj Saini, Marwan Tabbara, Bardish Chagger with Professors David Blowes, David Rudolph, Bernard Duncker

Today, University of Waterloo Earth scientists received a $1.9M grant from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to examine greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural systems, and the impacts of alternative land-use practices and beneficial management practices (BMPs) on greenhouse gases.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

$2M awarded to Water Institute researchers

Congratulations to Water Institute members Laura Hug and Janusz Pawliszyn, who will receive a combined total of $2M through the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) and Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dams are major driver of global environmental change


Water reservoirs created by damming rivers could have significant impacts on the world’s carbon cycle and climate system that aren’t being accounted for, a new study concludes.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Flooding, flooding everywhere – do Canadians have insurance for it? Blair Feltmate head of Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation comments

Global news released a story today on the surprising lack of awareness among Canadian homeowners about flood compensation, and what Canadians can do to prepare for flooding. 

Researchers at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change and the Partners for Action research network at the University of Waterloo surveyed 2,300 homeowners who live in communities that the Government of Canada’s Flood Damage Reduction Program designated as flood-risk areas.

The study found that 94 percent of respondents are unaware of their risk and don’t know that recent government policy changes puts the onus on homeowners to insure their homes.

The story includes comments by Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Accelerating water innovation through industry-led collaborative projects

Tackling the world’s water challenges is no easy task. It requires interdisciplinary thinking, innovation and collaboration in order to make meaningful and impactful progress.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Discovery in northern lakes may be key to understanding early life on Earth

Boreal Lakes

A team of researchers has discovered that many Canadian lakes can provide new insights into ancient oceans, and their findings could advance research about greenhouse gas emissions, harmful algal blooms, and early life forms.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Position available for a Knowledge Management Specialist

The Water Institute is hiring a Knowledge Management Specialist to facilitate the knowledge mobilization of the Global Water Futures program. This is a full-time position, contingent on funding. 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Water Institute members develop amphibious homes for marginalized and vulnerable populations in Vietnam

Twelve innovative projects will share a $10 million (USD) competition pool to tackle flooding in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The partnership between the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) and Z Zurich Foundation of Zurich Insurance, will see grants of up to $1 million (USD) awarded to teams offering innovative solutions to issues affecting flood-prone communities in the Horn of Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

Monday, April 24, 2017

In the media: Chris Fletcher explains why higher temperatures increase the intensity of storms

TVO recently featured a story on the massive flooding in Windsor last year, and how catastrophic events like this are a sign of climate change. The science behind these ever-intensifying storms is more complex than it seems. TVO interviewed experts on climate change to help explain the science behind these events. 

The story includes comments by Water Institute member Chris Fletcher, of Geography and Environmental Management and the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Water Institute funds four interdisciplinary projects in latest Seed Grant competition

Global water issues are becoming increasingly complex and often require a collaborative approach across a breadth of disciplines. Facilitating collaboration and promoting innovation in interdisciplinary research is part of the Water Institute’s mission. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the Water Institute’s Seed Grant Program.