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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Global Water Futures project mobilizes interdisciplinary teams to investigate winter soil processes

Students in the field in the winter

Warmer winters are leading to a greater frequency of freeze-thaw events and colder soils due to the loss of the insulating snowpack. These factors are subsequently changing the movement of water, carbon and nutrients in soils during the winter. Many assume that frozen soils are dormant. However, a new research project at the University of Waterloo is discovering that soils remain biogeochemically active during winter months, just differently from other seasons.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Four new interdisciplinary research initiatives receive funding from the Water Institute

The University of Waterloo’s Water Institute has awarded a combined total of $67,275 to four new interdisciplinary water research initiatives during its most recent fall 2018 Seed Grants Program call for proposals.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Water Institute intern visually depicts years of Ontario shoreline cleanup data

irene at WWF

Underscores value of citizen science and linking with stakeholders to refine and share research results

Nearly 95,700 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup volunteers hauled approximately 263,000 kilograms of litter from Ontario shorelines between 2010-17. Volunteer citizen scientists have logged the amounts and types of litter they have found during their community cleanups, however this information has not often been utilized by researchers to explore notable trends over extended time periods.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Waterloo's Collaborative Water Program kicks off with its largest cohort to date

WATER 601 class cohort six

On Friday, January 11, 2019, 67 graduate students from all six University of Waterloo faculties stepped into a classroom and began their journey in the Collaborative Water Program (CWP). This program is jointly offered by 11 University of Waterloo departments and schools, making it the most interdisciplinary graduate program focusing on water in Canada.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

In the media: Blair Feltmate on how businesses can factor in risks from climate change

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Power Shift: How businesses can factor in risks from climate change

Blair Feltmate discusses how businesses can evolve their planning to take climate change and extreme weather risks into account.

Friday, December 21, 2018

In the media: Nandita Basu says Bill 66 threatens the environment

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Proposed bill could lead to policy patchwork in Ontario endangering environmental protections and public health

UW associate professor Nandita Basu says Bill 66 threatens the environment by allowing municipalities to bypass policies and acts protecting water and land.

Monday, December 3, 2018

New study ranks which Canadian cities are best prepared for climate change

Kingston, Ontario

A new study from the University of Waterloo sheds some light on which Canadian cities are most prepared to take on the challenges of climate change.

The study, which examined 63 cities across Canada, confirms there are significant differences between municipal plans to protect citizens from climate change.  

Monday, December 3, 2018

Susan Elliott named in 2018 Canadian Women in Global Health List

Susan Elliott

Water Institute member and professor in Waterloo's Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Susan Elliott, joins fellow Canadian Women on the 2018 Canadian Women in Global Health (CWIGH) List

Thursday, November 29, 2018

New self‐powered, flexible sensor uses moisture instead of electricity for environmental monitoring

Members of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo are always looking for new ways to solve complex water problems facing the world today. Norman Zhou, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials Joining and Processing, Water Institute member and professor in Waterloo’s Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, is leading a research group that’s using an interdisciplinary approach to address some of these problems.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

AI tech could help cities detect expensive water leaks

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Costly losses in municipal water systems could be significantly reduced using sensors and new artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

Developed by Water Institute and Engineering researchers in collaboration with industry partners, the smart infrastructure technology has the potential to detect even small leaks in pipes.

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