NOte: U of S recently received $30M in NSERC grants to develop a water security research programme. The research chair recruit is British scientist Howard Wheater, who is one of the world’s foremost experts in hydrology and sustainable freshwater resource management, and he will lead the new water security institute.
Sustaining the World’s Water Resources
More than 65 leading U of S faculty and hundreds of student researchers are making a difference in diverse areas of water research.
Within the next couple of decades, two billion people across the world—including areas of Canada—will experience water scarcity or inadequate water quality.
Climate change, industrial expansion and population growth put stress on water resources and the natural ecosystems they sustain. Addressing these challenges is a priority at the U of S.
With five Canada Research Chairs and more than 65 full-time faculty members actively searching for answers to water issues, the U of S is strategically placed to deal with water challenges nationally and internationally. This work is leading to changes in water use, policy, management and reclamation initiatives, while training Canadian and international students to better sustain the world’s water resources.
Among the outstanding facilities:
The largest university-based Toxicology Centre in Canada, a leading academic research and training centre in the area of aquatic and environmental toxicology.
The U of S Centre for Hydrology is the largest university hydrology group in Canada and addresses Canada’s water sustainability problems by providing national leadership in hydrological sciences research and training.
The unique-in-Canada Aquatic Toxicology Research Facility is a highly sophisticated laboratory for aquatic toxicology research.
The Canadian Light Source, Canada’s only synchrotron, provides exceptional opportunities for water research and is located on the U of S campus.
Outstanding schools of environment and sustainability, public policy, and public health, as well as health and professional colleges.
The U of S is well known for tools it has developed for water research, including the Cold Regions Hydrological Model (CRHM) and The Healthy River Ecosystem AssessmenT System (THREATS)