Declining water quality is a growing issue around the world. As the human population increases, a multitude of factors-from intensive farming to climate change and wildfires-threaten our water resources. This is despite the development of policies to improve water quality in our lakes and streams.
As Canada Research Chair in Global Water Sustainability and Ecohydrology, Dr. Nandita Basu aims to improve water resource management practices in Canada and globally. She and her research team are figuring out why water quality degrades and developing the first scalable water-quality models that consider both current land use and accumulated nutrient legacies. They are also developing real-world water-quality management-and improvement-tools for watershed managers. Their findings will inform water and ecosystem protection policies and make Canada a leader in protecting the world’s most valuable resources.