An integrated and adaptive approach to water resource management
Many watersheds around the world are facing increasingly complex water crises. These crises can only be addressed in an effective and sustainable manner by applying more integrated and adaptive forms of water resources planning, management, and governance. Decision-making must be coordinated, cross-sectoral, and participatory, as well as adaptive, to allow water resource professionals to ensure more sustainable water management globally. Providing a unique opportunity to study the biophysical, environmental, legal, institutional, and socio-economic aspects of water use and management in an integrated context, McGill’s IWRM program promotes a holistic perspective and awareness of water resources management issues through a wide range of courses offered by collaborating departments and faculties at McGill University. This 45-credit, non-thesis M.Sc. program can be completed in 12 months. Its curriculum includes lectured courses, the internship and project (central features of this program), and the Research Visits course which allows students to meet professionals from industry, government agencies, and NGO’s. Applications are currently being accepted for our Fall 2020 intake. Candidates are required to have a Bachelor’s degree but this does not need to be an engineering degree. Non-engineering students are encouraged to apply as students have been admitted into the program with undergraduate degrees in geography, international development studies, sociology, anthropology, mathematics, environmental studies, biology, natural resources management, and engineering, among others.
Canada’s most international university, McGill is located in vibrant, multicultural Montreal, in the francophone province of Quebec. McGill ranks 1st in Canada among medical-doctoral universities (Maclean’s) and 32nd in the world (QS World University Rankings). The University is also listed among Montreal's Top Employers.
The McGill IWRM program is located at McGill's Macdonald Campus, a 650-hectare area constituting the largest green space on the island of Montreal. The largest private land holding in the region, it is strategically located on the western tip of the Island and is home to the University’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES), School of Human Nutrition, Institute of Parasitology and the McGill School of Environment.
The Macdonald Campus stewards extensive collections and ecological assets, including the Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory, the McGill University Herbarium, the Macdonald Campus Farm, the Morgan Arboretum, the forests, marshes and wetlands of the 51-ha Molson Nature Reserve, the waterfront and shoreline of Lac St. Louis.
The beautifully landscaped campus with its wide open green spaces and quiet shorelines is also home to John Abbott College, the Ecomuseum and the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre.
The McGill IWRM Team
Prof. Jan Adamowski, Director of McGill's IWRM Program, is an Associate Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources Management in the Department of Bioresource Engineering. He holds additional posts including: Liliane and David M. Stewart Scholar in Water Resources and Associate Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management. Professor Adamowski's teaching and research activities revolve around statistical hydrology and integrated and adaptive water resources management. Visit our web page to meet the other members of this dynamic team.