Water is our most precious resource.
It sustains life, offers a habitat for marine life, a source of energy, a medium for transportation, hydration for agriculture, and moderation for climate and temperature. It is essential for the survival not only of humans but of all life on this planet.
The responsible management of water will be a paramount issue for the 21st century. In less than 25 years, two-thirds of the global population is expected to be living in water-stressed conditions where periodic shortages can be expected. Water supplies are increasingly under pressure from intensification of urban areas, economic and industrial growth, expansion of agriculture, and impacts of climate change. With approximately 1.1 billion people worldwide lacking access to clean drinking water and 2.4 billion lacking access to sanitation, the need for innovation and practical solutions is urgent. Research is needed to develop and implement new approaches to providing safe water and sanitation, protection of water resources and aquatic ecosystems, mitigation of climate change effects, prevention of water-borne disease outbreaks and achieving effective water governance that meets the needs and unique circumstances of local and global communities.
Carleton University is a leader in water research and education. Global Water Institute (GWI) has more than 100 researchers from all faculties at Carleton University, and has established strong ties with the federal and provincial governments, industrial partners, non-profit organizations, research institutions, and international water networks.
The GWI carries out innovative interdisciplinary research with national and international partners on the following themes:
1. Water technologies
2. Water and health
3. Water and environment
4. Water and indigenous communities
5. Water policy and economy
6. Water and society, and
7. International development
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Frozen Canoes: Permafrost Partnership Tackles Building in the North
The last shovel of dirt on a strand of gravel connecting a tiny town to a nearby hamlet rarely marks a national milestone, but when the ribbon was cut on the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway in...
The last shovel of dirt on a strand of gravel connecting a tiny town to a nearby hamlet rarely marks a national milestone, but when the ribbon was cut on the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway in November 2017, the new road was greeted with a community feast and compared to the last spike of the Canadian...
Monday, June 25, 2018
Fish Research Links to Indigenous Heritage
Even though she was born and raised on the opposite side of Canada and has done research on fish in Africa, Asia and Oceania, Carleton University PhD student and National Geographic Explorer, Andrea Reid, was probably destined to...
Even though she was born and raised on the opposite side of Canada and has done research on fish in Africa, Asia and Oceania, Carleton University PhD student and National Geographic Explorer, Andrea Reid, was probably destined to study Pacific salmon. As both a staple food and a source of artistic inspiration, the fish...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Water Conversations with Nadia Springle: Water governance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Effectiveness of decentralization policy in expanding water access in Ghana & Tanzania
Water has increasingly become a central theme in global development discourse. Scholars have tied access to safe...
Water has increasingly become a central theme in global development discourse. Scholars have tied access to safe drinking water to a growing list of development criteria, including health, education, income generation and gender equality. There has also been a shift in the way the issue of water access and security is discussed. Whereas technology-based...