Thursday, July 18, 2019

Water Institute Executive Director awarded SSHRC funding for “Payments for wetland ecosystem services as a nature-based solution to sustainably manage urbanized watersheds" project

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Roy Brouwer, Executive Director of the Water Institute and Professor of Economics, has been awarded a new Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. The funding was recently announced by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, and will support

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Water Institute researcher awarded funds to study antimicrobial resistance

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Water Institute member and Professor in the Department of Biology, Brian Dixon has received a $2.1 million grant to help address the emerging global threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Luxury bottled water is absurd – so why is it so popular?

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People pay top dollar for ‘premium’ brands indistinguishable in blind taste tests from tap water – is it about status, wellness or something more fundamental?

Last year, judges at the 28th International Berkeley Springs WaterTasting competition deemed the best bottled water in the world to be an Australian brand “infused with the sound frequencies of love, the moon, and light spectrums of the rainbow”.

Monday, July 15, 2019

AI could better predict climate change impacts, some experts believe

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Artificial Intelligence is used to track patterns that could help tackle climate change challenges

All signs point toward a future affected by climate change. 

From higher temperatures to droughts and more extreme weather, experts are searching for ways to sustain our growing population, as well as our planet. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Water Institute researchers awarded awarded funding from highly competitive Advancing Climate Change Science in Canada initiative

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Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, has announced recipients of the highly competitive “Advancing Climate Change Science in Canada” initiative. Of the nine recipients announced today, two projects led by Waterloo researchers were selected for funding over three years.

Monday, July 8, 2019

A new paper compares potential and realized ecosystem services in Southern Ontario

In a new paper published in the journal Environmental Science and Policy, authors Tariq Aziz and Water Institute member Philippe Van Cappellen compare the spatial distribution and use intensity across Southern Ontario of a bundle of six ecosystem services: water provisioning and supply, water quality, carbon sequestration, carbon storage, flood regulation, and

Friday, July 5, 2019

Ecohydrology research member named to prestigious Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Environmental Change

Dr. Homa Kheyrollah Pour, a member of Ecohydrology research group, has been named the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Remote Sensing of Environmental Change and will join the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) starting July 1st, 2019.  Homa is an expert in using satellite observations and field data to study cold regions hydrology.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Research shows governance is key to better resource management strategies

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For resource managers charged with maintaining important assets like croplands or fisheries, quantitative modelling is a critical tool. But these sophisticated decision-support models often overlook an essential element of resource management: governance.

In a new study, an interdisciplinary team of scientists, experts and stakeholders, shows that discounting factors of governance could fundamentally compromise the models officials rely on to inform sound resource management strategies.

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