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Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo


Nobel Peace Prize, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Contributed as Coordinating Lead Author, Lead Author, Review Editor and Expert Contributor, 2007

Environment Canada Certificate of Recognition, Effort and teamwork in renewal of the Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lake Basin Ecosystem, 2007

International Joint Commission Certificate of Appreciation, Contributions to International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study, 2004


Linda D. Mortsch

Senior Researcher - Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON)

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to develop and evaluate strategies to adapt to the impacts of weather, climate, and climate change

  • Undertaking climate change vulnerability, impact, and adaptation assessments of water resources and wetlands
  • Assessing vulnerability to and adaptive capacity for extreme events: droughts and floods
  • Developing and assessing climate change scenarios for applications in water resources management


Thesis supervisory committee for five M.E.S. students at the University of Waterloo

Member on various committees: Ouranos Consortium - Scientific Advisory Committee; Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation National Assessment Report - Management Committee (2005-2007); Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network (C-CIARN) - Steering Committee Coastal Zone Node (2001-2007); Threats to Freshwater Availability in Canada Assessment - Steering Committee (2002-2004); International Joint Commission Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study Board - Hydrology and Hydraulics (H&H) Technical Working Group (2001-2004); Climate Change Communication: An International Conference - Organizing Committee (1999-2000)


Field, C.B., L.D. Mortsch, M. Brklacich, D.L. Forbes, P. Kovacs, J.A. Patz, S.W. Running and M.J. Scott. 2007. Chapter 14 – 2007: North America. In, M. Parry, O. Costanza, J. Palutikoff, P.J. van der Linden and C.E. Hanson (eds.), Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 617-652.

Hebb, A.J. and L. Mortsch. 2007. Floods: Mapping Vulnerability in the Upper Thames Watershed under a Changing Climate. Project Report XI. CFCAS Project Assessment of Water Resources Risk and Vulnerability to Changing Climatic Conditions, University of Western Ontario, 53 pp.

Mortsch, L., J. Ingram, A. Hebb and S. Doka (eds.) 2006. Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Communities: Vulnerability to Climate Change and Response to Adaptation Strategies. Final Report submitted to the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program, Natural Resources Canada. Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Toronto, ON, 251 pp.

Mortsch, L.D., M. Alden and J. Klaassen. 2005. Development of Climate Change Scenarios for Impact and Adaptation Studies in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Basin. Report prepared for the International Joint Commission, International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Study Board, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling Technical Working Group. Adaptation and Impacts Research Group, Waterloo, ON, 28 pp.

Mortsch, L. 2004. Communicating about Human-caused Climate Change – Overcoming the Challenge. In Bruce Mitchell (ed.), Resource and Environmental Management in Canada, Oxford University Press, Don Mills, ON.

Mortsch, L., M. Alden and J. Scheraga. 2003. Climate change and water quality in the Great Lakes region: risks, opportunities, and responses, White Paper prepared for the International Joint Commission, Great Lakes Water Quality Board, 135 pp.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Climate Change and Processes
          Adaptation and impacts
          Severe weather
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