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ONC researcher in the field in northern Canada

UVic is home to Canada’s leading ocean and climate research

The University of Victoria finds strength in research partnerships in all three of Canada’s oceans. In the Arctic, community collaborators like Amanda Dumond, Manager of the Hunters and Trappers Organization in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, contribute local expertise and Inuit knowledge to guide sea ice research led by Maia Hoeberechts of UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada.

UVic researchers are international leaders in ocean science and technology, climate science and clean energy systems. Many of them are associated with world-leading oceans and climate facilities, institutes and government research labs situated on campus.

Read the brief: Ocean/climate research at UVic (pdf)
Francis Zwiers under Vancouver's Cambie Street Bridge

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

Dr. Francis Zwiers, Director of PCIC, enables strategies for better responses to climate change. PCIC science helps decision-makers mitigate risks from sea level rise (portrayed here by the blue stripes painted under Vancouver’s Cambie Bridge), and events like wildfires, floods and droughts.

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Grad student in field

The Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic)

Benjamin Lyseng, a researcher at IESVic, examines electrical grid integration options—including wind, wave, solar and biomass sources—to create a future of clean, sustainable energy systems for Canadians. IESVic’s mission is to chart feasible pathways to sustainable energy systems through the development of new technologies, processes, and systems. Its research partners include utilities, car manufacturers, transportation planners, renewable energy device developers, First Nations communities, governments and university researchers in 17 countries.

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Our extraordinary research environment

PCIC, IESVic and ONC are just three of the ocean-climate science and technology institutes, research centres, labs and organizations at UVic. The university also hosts and leads the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), a collaboration between BC’s four research-intensive universities that studies the impacts of climate change and develops positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation. 

In addition, UVic is home to two Environment Canada labs—the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, a flagship, internationally recognized climate-modelling laboratory, and the Water and Climate Impacts Research Centre, specializing in hydro-climatology and the hydrologic and ecological impacts of atmospheric change and variability, particularly in the Canadian Arctic.

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