Thursday, January 21, 2021

Water Institute members serve on Scientific Advisory Committee for IC3's climate change simulation game: Illuminate

Screen shot of illuminate

Test and develop your knowledge while exploring climate solutions

Illuminate is an educational simulation game where you learn about the impacts of climate change and explore ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and respond to climate risks. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Climate Change Research: Elizabeth English

Water Institute member and professor in Waterloo's School of Architecture, Elizabeth English, discusses her research into the development of amphibious foundation systems to adapt coastal communities to rising water levels and avoid habitual relocation.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Anita Layton named recipient of the 2021 Krieger-Nelson Prize

Anita Layton

Water Institute member Anita Layton, a professor in Waterloo's Department of Applied Mathematics, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Krieger-Nelson Prize for her exceptional contributions to mathematical research with applications ranging from fluid dynamics to biology and medicine. Dr. Layton will receive her award and present a prize lecture during the CMS Summer Meeting in June 2021.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Waterloo leads effort to increase academic diversity

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Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowships address an urgent need to encourage and support the pursuit of graduate studies by under-represented groups.

Six universities in Ontario have partnered to create a new fellowship to expand the pathways for Indigenous and Black students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering and mathematics to prepare for careers as professors and industry researchers.

Monday, January 18, 2021

PhD student uses DNA sequencing to study cyanobacteria

Ellen Cameron

Cyanobacteria blooms are a major environmental issue worldwide. They can have direct impacts on the safety of drinking water supplies by producing a variety of toxins which also impose health risks for swimmers and boaters. Although many may associate cyanobacteria with bright green algae seen on the surface of lakes, Ellen Cameron, PhD Candidate in Waterloo’s Biology Department, is using DNA sequencing to study cyanobacteria communities in low-nutrient, clear lakes in Northern Ontario.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Water Institute member uses science-led art to engage and inspire action

rob de loe original photography

A picture says a thousand words. For Water Institute member and professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, Rob de Loë, pictures also have the ability to illuminate scientific concepts and open the door to important conversations through engaging peoples’ emotions and feelings.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Can Wall Street help us find the true price of water? Roy Brouwer comments

Members in the media

Just before Christmas, the CME Group, the New York-based market operator that takes its name from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange — once described as the biggest financial exchange you've never heard of — began trading water futures.

For the first time, Wall Street traders are now able to take a stake in the future value of water, the way they have with other agricultural and mineral commodities.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Monica Emelko named new Canada Research Chair

Monica Emelko

Investigating water security 

Water Institute member Monica Emelko, a professor in Waterloo's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the first Canada Research Chair in Water Science, Technology and Policy.

She will receive $1.4 million over seven years for research into ensuring water security in Canada.  

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Restoring wetlands near farms would dramatically reduce water pollution


Waterloo wetlands research appears today in Nature

Targeted wetland restoration in heavily farmed areas would dramatically reduce the amount of nitrogen polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) examined detailed data on wetland locations and nitrogen loads from fertilizer on farm fields throughout the United States.

Monday, December 14, 2020

ICCA report: Institutional investors find Alpha in Climate Risk Matrices

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The Climate Risk Matrix, developed by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, is a tool that institutional investors can use to identify material physical risks that investee companies face from climate-related extreme weather events.

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