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Areas of specialization

Staff of the Centre are engaged in research and development, studies, teaching, and providing specialized short term training in the following topics:

  • Irrigation and watertable management
  • Modernization of irrigation schemes and on-farm water management
  • Operation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage schemes
  • Impacts of climate change on water resources
  • Capacity building and institutional reform of the water sector
  • Drainage and flood control
  • Drought management and drought protection
  • Energy and water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture
  • Water pollution assessment and control in rural areas
  • Remediation of contaminated soils
  • Salinity and waterlogging control
  • Desalination
  • Water conservation and reuse
  • Integrated water resources management
  • Hydraulics and fluid mechanics
  • Modeling inflows to reservoirs
  • Integrated watershed management
  • Computer models and GIS in water resources and watershed planning
  • Solute transport in porous media
  • Environmental problems associated with lagoons, landfills, mine tailings storage, and groundwater
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Soil quality and management
  • Human health impacts associated with irrigation and drainage
  • Institutional, legal and financial reform of water institutions
  • Water pricing and water markets
  • Water laws and water rights
  • Water users associations

Projects on the above topics have either been, or are currently being carried out in Quebec, other Canadian provinces, and in countries and regions such as Central Asia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, the Caribbean, Central America, Zimbabwe, and Syria. The Centre has developed a strong and successful reputation through project activities in the above locations. The breadth of expertise and experience accumulated by staff members over the past 30 years, as highlighted above, enhances the ability of the Centre to take on new initiatives, and develop projects with partners in Canada and around the world.