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Francis Zwiers under Vancouver's Cambie Street Bridge

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

Dr. Francis Zwiers, Director of UVic’s Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (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.

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)
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The Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic)

One of the greatest challenges we face is the development of sustainable energy systems that are reliable, cost-effective and socially acceptable. 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 more than 15 countries.

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ONC researcher in the field in northern Canada

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)

With the world’s most advanced cabled ocean observatories, ONC has an overarching vision to enhance life on Earth by providing knowledge and leadership that deliver solutions for science, society and industry. Monitoring the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic, ONC continuously brings ocean data to the surface in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about the future. Scientists like Maia Hoeberechts work closely with coastal communities, First Nations and Inuit in BC and the Arctic to understand changing ocean and sea-ice conditions.

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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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