Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre
The Eau Terre Environnement (Water Earth Environment) Research Centre can count on some 40 professors whose work involves issues concerning the protection, conservation, and development of land and water resources based on a multidisciplinary approach.
With an annual budget of $26 million, of which $13 million comes from grants, subsidies, and research contracts, the Centre has cutting edge laboratories and facilities dedicated to developing environmental technologies. Located in downtown Quebec City, the Centre has some 200 students enrolled in its graduate and postgraduate programs. Each year the Centre welcomes about 20 postdoctoral researchers. Each student is part of a research team and plays an active role in finding solutions to the problems facing our world.
Our Focus: the Future of Our Planet
Education and research activities are organized around the following four focus areas:
- Environmental risks associated with natural events and contamination
- Integrated management of water and mineral resources and land-use planning
- Rehabilitation technology for natural and urban environments
- The impact and adaptations associated with climate change and extreme events
Combine Study, Lab, and Field Work
The Centre offers 6 programs for graduate and postgraduate study in water science and earth science. In the course of their studies, students acquire a multitude of skills and aptitudes while conducting research in the labs or in the field.
Each student becomes a member of a research team and participates in the team's research projects. During their experience at the Centre, students tackle real, concrete problems such as runoff modeling, sanitation technology, biological and chemical dynamics of aquatic environments, geochemistry of mineral and petroleum resources, and geodynamics.
Research Equipment and Facilities
The Centre is equipped with specialized laboratories and cutting edge environmental technology facilities. All of these facilities support innovative and applied research in the areas of hydrology, biogeochemistry, geosciences, and waste reclaiming and conversion.
The level of expertise developed at the Centre has paved the way for its Research Professors to receive Research Chairs. The Centre has many national and international partners, including the Geological Survey of Canada, and its professors participate in projects such as the Potrok Aike Maar Lake Sediment Archives Drilling Project (PASADO) and the Cau River project in Vietnam.