Water Institute hosts inaugural interdisciplinary PhD summer school on climate change and water security in urbanized watersheds

Friday, May 31, 2019

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From June 3 to 12, over 30 top PhD scholars from 15 countries gather at the University of Waterloo to participate in the Water Institute’s inaugural international summer school. Scholars from leading water institutions, such as the University of Queensland, ETH Zurich, Beijing Normal University, China University of Geosciences, Hohai University and Michigan State University, will join University of Waterloo colleagues in studying interdisciplinary perspectives on climate change and water security in urbanized watersheds.

“The Water Institute’s inaugural summer school offers a unique opportunity for PhD scholars to learn from an impressive array of Waterloo and visiting professors, and to interact and network with colleagues from around the world, in addressing key water security challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective” notes Water Institute Executive Director Roy Brouwer.

Some 22 Water Institute professors from all 6 University of Waterloo academic faculties will join visiting professors from the University of Michigan and the University of Saskatchewan to deliver an integrated set of lectures, field excursions and laboratory tours during the 10 day event.  Specific programming will cover the following key research themes:

  • Climate Change Modelling
  • Hydrological Modelling of the Impacts of Climate Change
  • Ecohydrology of Urbanized Watersheds and Climate change
  • Climate and Land Use Change
  • Climate Change Adaptation with Grey and Green Infrastructure
  • Economics of Climate Change Risks in Urbanized Watersheds
  • Source Water Protection under Climate Change
  • Water Security and Sustainable Watershed Governance
  • Climate Change and Public Health

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 on the Water Institute summer school here.

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