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The University of Alberta is distinguished by its depth and breadth in water research across all disciplines.

This foundation of water expertise is the result of decades of investment at both the institutional and provincial level into research on energy and environment, agriculture and health.

There has been a strong investment in analytical facilities, research field stations, unique pilot plants, extensive experimental farm and ranchland holdings, and long-standing partnerships with Canadian industries, government ministries and international collaborators.

More than $46 million in scientific infrastructure has supported researchers working in water-related fields over the past 15 years, through federal, provincial and university funding for research related to water.

More than 50 researchers are studying water-related topics including resource economics, water treatment, toxicology and microbiology, northern and cold-weather research, ecosystem biology, energy and the environment, water policy, nanotechnology and sensors.