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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
December 8, 2016
Canadian Excellence

About the Centre for Cold Regions & Water Science

The world-class Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science building officially opened on Friday, October 11, 2013 on the Waterloo campus of Wilfrid Laurier University.

The building is home to two research facilities:

CALIBER (Canadian Aquatic Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Boreal Ecosystem Research).

  • CALIBER researchers apply a holistic, interdisciplinary, and ecosystem approach based on watersheds, responding to urgent and serious concerns about flows and storage processes and the effects of nutrients and contaminants on boreal freshwater.
  • CALIBER facilities in the new building will include labs for hydrology, aquatic culture and testing, biogeochemistry characterization, molecular biochemistry and imaging, and predictive modeling.
  • CALIBER is funded by the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and Wilfrid Laurier University.

SOWC (Southern Ontario Water Consortium).

  • The SOWC is a platform for research, development, and demonstration of water technologies in the context of an urbanizing watershed. Laurier is one of eight university partners of the consortium, which also includes munipalities, not-for-profits, and the private sector.
  • SOWC facilities in the new building include labs for hydrometerology calibration, sample prep and stabilization, fish, and base workstations for researchers working in the field.
  • The SOWC portion of the new centre is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI), the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), and Wilfrid Laurier University.

The Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science is also home to two Laurier research centres, the Cold Regions Research Centre (CRRC) and the Laurier Institute for Water Science (LIWS), whose researchers will be using the labs and facilities in the new building.

  • CRRC focuses on mountain and northern cold regions, covering such areas as hydrology, climatology, glaciology, resource management, parks planning, and biogeochemistry.
  • LIWS is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative undertaking focusing on both Canadian and global water issues, including the effects of climate change, the sustainability of healthy aquatic and coastal ecosystems, and the development of regulations and policy related to water use.