Students head home from inaugural Water Institute Summer School with new insights to apply to the world’s water problems

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Water Institute wrapped up a successful “Climate Change and Water Security in Urbanized Watersheds” PhD Summer School which ran from June 3 to 12 at St. Jerome’s University's campus.

Participants included more than 30 students originating from five continents and 15 countries with backgrounds ranging from physical sciences, biologic sciences, computer sciences, social sciences, engineering and public health.

Students participated in 10 days of lectures, field trips, and lab visits on a wide variety of interdisciplinary topics, including climate and hydrological modelling, ecohydrology of urbanized watersheds, land use impacts, adaptation with green and grey infrastructure, climate risk economics, source water protection and watershed governance, and climate change and public health. Students were also treated to a quick trip to St. Jacobs Country to experience a taste of the local culture and weather co-operated for a beautiful day off at Niagara Falls.

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Twenty-two Waterloo Water Institute professors volunteered their time to the project, coming from all six academic faculties and nine departments/schools as well as visiting professors from the University of Michigan and the University of Saskatchewan.

The event demonstrated the interdisciplinary nature of the Water Institute and emphasized that interdisciplinary thinking will be required to address the world’s complex water problems.

The Water Institute gratefully acknowledges financial support received from the Office of Research, the Faculty of Environment and The Faculty of Science to host the summer school.

Read more about the summer school.

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