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Monday, September 17, 2018

Applying mathematics to water problems: A student's perspective

Laura Chandler

Growing up, Laura Chandler always had an affinity for water. During elementary school, many of her science fair projects explored algae in local lakes – why it was formed, and what we can do to avoid it. Her love for water and sustainability continued throughout her academic career and it is what led her to Waterloo’s Collaborative Water Program.

Friday, September 14, 2018

New online platform makes it easy to capture accurate weather information

hurricane imagery from space satellite

Many aspects of modern life depend on the weather and the ability to access accurate weather information. Environmental models, for example, are tools with a wide range of applications such as flood and drought monitoring, carbon storage and release estimates, or predictions of power generation and capacity.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Combining academia with entrepreneurship to tackle microplastic pollution

Lauren Smith

The sun is coming up while Lake Erie waves crash against the shoreline as Lauren Smith sits with her toes in the sand, feeling right at home. Nothing feels more right to her than being near the water. This is probably why she has always felt as if it needed protecting, and what led her to create a business that does just that.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Using interdisciplinary knowledge in the real world: An engineering perspective

Robert Chlumsky

When you learn about Waterloo’s Collaborative Water Program, you will learn that there is a heavy focus on interdisciplinarity – bringing together students from 11 departments and schools under the umbrella of water to learn from, and share with, one another.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Science student pays it forward by sponsoring essay competition in the Philippines

Maricor Arlos Water Institute

Born and raised in the Philippines, Maricor Arlos didn’t think much about water until her family moved to Canada in search of better opportunities. After attending a Waterlution event, she realised that many people have connections to water and that it’s an important resource that needs to be discussed more.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Improving water quality management at Eco Hi-Tech Island in Nanjing, China

eco high-tech in Nanjing

The Ecohydrology Research Group and Dajiang Environment Corporation are collaborating on strengthening the water quality management of the Eco Hi-Tech Island in Nanjing, China.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Long-term effects of forest fires pose threats to drinking water

Monica Emelko

Forest fires are sweeping North America with detrimental environmental, economic and human impacts. A research team, led by University of Waterloo Engineering professor Monica Emelko, will receive $5.5 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grant for Networks to provide new knowledge on the impacts of different forest management strategies on drinking water source quality and treatability.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Student startup wants to bring clean water to those who need it most


According to the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water. Without safe drinking water, people are at risk of contracting water-borne diseases, which are responsible for more than 3.4 million deaths each year.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Water projects receive more than $7.5 million in federal funding

view from under water

Five Water Institute members are among the 10 campus-wide to receive funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks and Projects to further their transformative water research.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

As forest fires burn in Ontario, experts warn of long-term environmental impact

Wi in the media

As of Sunday, August 5, there were 127 fires burning in Ontario, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. One of the fires, dubbed Parry Sound 33, is more than 110 square kilometres in size and has prompted evacuations in some communities.

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