Living Laboratory for Water Sustainability at UBC Farm

Living Laboratory for Water Sustainability at UBC Farm

Project Lead

Mark Johnson, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PI)


UBC Campus as a Living Laboratory Programme; Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Canada Research Chair (Ecohydrology)


About the Project

The project will develop a water innovations node for UBC’s Campus as a Living Laboratory initiative to conduct water monitoring and evaluate water use reduction strategies to minimize the water footprint of agriculture at UBC Farm and support UBC’s Water Action Plan. The project will increase the capacity of UBC Farm as a leading living laboratory for research, teaching and learning on water sustainability with academic, public sector and industrial partners. The project will implement new, smart, integrated water and climate monitoring technology at UBC Farm. This will enable living-lab based research to develop water conserving strategies and conduct innovative research across the food-energy-water nexus. The project will also inform best practices on water management and irrigation for urban agriculture and climate change, which can be scaled across campus to reduce UBC’s water footprint, and serve as a focal node for research related to water use in the regional agrifood system.

External Links and Publications

Lathuillière, M.J., M.T. Coe, A. Castanho, J. Graesser and M.S. Johnson (2018). Evaluating Water use for Agricultural Intensification in Southern Amazonia using the Water Footprint Sustainability Assessment. Water 10: 349. doi:10.3390/w10040349


Banner Photo Credit: Ecohydrology Lab