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Agricultural Rebound Phenomenon: USask researchers warn of increased water demand on the South Saskatchewan River Basin
As farmers adopt high-tech irrigation systems to manage water use for economic, conservation, and environmental reasons, researchers from GIWS and SENS suggest policymakers should enact measures to curb an “agricultural rebound phenomenon” that increases water demand over time.

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Deep Water: Researchers find more below than previously thought
More water lies within the Earth’s continental crust than previously thought, according to new estimates published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, which indicates the planet’s land mass groundwater is the largest store of water in any form, larger than ice sheets.

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Dr. Graham Strickert named winner of the SENS Student's Choice Outstanding Teacher Award for 2021

SENS students have voted Dr. Graham Strickert as the winner of the Student's Choice Outstanding Teacher Award 2021. The SENSSA received nominations for eight different faculty members for this year's award, followed by student voting. After tallying all the voices, Dr. Graham Strickert received the highest % of vote share among the eight nominated faculty members.

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Introducing 'What About Water?'

Let's Talk About Water has quickly become an established hub for water conversations around the world, and a flagship for GIWS outreach. To further expand the reach and impact, the initiative is getting a new name and look. Join us in this new chapter as we explore topics by asking the question: "What About Water?"

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Season 3, Episode 1:  Katherine Hayhoe
Katharine Hayhoe’s new book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World, is a practical and compassionate guide for talking about climate change across differences.

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Congratulations to the winners of this year's Research Image Challenge! 

Deep Time Connections, Louise Arnal

This art piece, combining watercolour and linoprint, was created by artist and scientist Louise Arnal in conversation with groundwater scientists Grant Ferguson and Jennifer McIntosh.

Groundwater in aquifers below our feet has been regenerating through time via the natural water cycle. But this natural cycle is being impacted by anthropogenic activities and waters that have been isolated since dinosaurs roamed Saskatchewan and Alberta are being turned over at rates similar to or exceeding shallow groundwater. Given the nature of groundwater, travelling across vast expanses of land and time, this will have repercussions on groundwater for the unforeseeable future. Groundwater scientists study the movement and composition of groundwater to help us understand its journey under our feet. This is invaluable to help us protect this irreplaceable resource for generations to come. 

Burstall Hydromet in the Falll, Lindsey Langs

Preliminary install of a new meteorological and eddy covariance station in Burstall Pass, Kananaskis, AB for the MWF - GWF project. We had just spent the last few days hauling in batteries, panels, the tower and instruments to install right before the end of the field season and prepare for the next year. August 2018.
Cloaked by Eriophorum, Cherie Westbrook

Cloaked by Eriophorum is a photo of a piezometer nest (from our Ecohydrology field work) installed in an alpine peatland (fen) in the Helen Lake watershed, Banff National Park. I took the photo in August 2021. 
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Geography 836: New Ecohydrology

Email Cherie Westbrook for more information. 

Geography 849: Advanced Planning with Indigenous Communities

Email Robert Patrick for more information. 

Funding Opportunities

Fulbright Canada grants support research with colleagues across the U.S. for a 4 to 9-month period. Applications are accepted through November 15th, 2021, and these opportunities are for a start date of September 2022 or January 2023.

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Call for Manuscripts

In the context of global changes, the sustainable management of water cycles, going from global and regional water cycles to urban, industrial and agricultural water cycles, plays a very important role on the water resources and on their relationships with food, energy, biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and human health. Water invites authors to provide innovative original full articles, critical reviews and timely short communications and to propose special issues devoted to new technological and scientific domains and to interdisciplinary approaches of the water cycles.

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Conferences, Events, and Workshops

2021 Distinguished Lecture Series
September 15 - November 03, 2021

There are still a few Distinguished Lectures left! See below for more information. 

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In the News

Canada’s Peatlands Save Us From Wildfires and Floods
October 20th, 2021 - The Tyee

To be resilient, the Canadian Prairie needs lots of wetlands

October 18th, 2021 - The Conversation

Education and Outreach: Let’s Talk About Water
October 12th, 2021 - Water Canada

This year's extreme drought could mean higher beer prices
October 10th, 2021 - CBC Radio

Shoal Lake evacuees hope they can return home soon
October 6th, 2021 - CBC News

City and USask study rubber tire-derived chemicals in stormwater
October 1st, 2021 - Usask

'The river is hungry:' When North America's largest inland delta withers
September 30th, 2021 - Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Research examines presence of pharmaceuticals in Saskatoon’s wastewater
September 21st, 2021 - Water Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic changed how Saskatoon residents used prescription and illicit drugs: researchers 
September 21st, 2021 - CTV News

Young Innovators: U of S researcher explores water economy on the Prairies 
September 6th, 2021 - Saskatoon StarPhoenix

The butterfly effect (scroll to minute 27:30)

September 3rd, 2021 - CBC Radio, As It Happens with Carol Off, Chris Howden

Rocky Mountain dry: Canada's waning water supply sows division in farm belt
September 3rd, 2021 - Euronews

 Pushing to the ‘breaking point’: Canada’s waning water supply sows division in farm belt
September 2nd, 2021 - Globe and Mail

Canada's waning water supply sows division in farm belt

September 2nd, 2021 - CTV News

Rocky Mountain dry: Canada's waning water supply sows division in farm belt 

September 2, 2021  - Reuters News

Heatwave causes unprecedented glacial ice melt in Canadian Rocky Mountains
September 1st, 2021 - WION

“Horrific:” Scientists warn glaciers in Canadian Rockies are melting at unprecedented rate
August 31, 2021 -  The Global Herald


Recent Publications

Lucia Scaff, Andreas Prein, Yanping Li, Adam Clark, Sebastian Krogh, Neil Taylor, Changhai Liu, Roy M. Rasmussen, Kyoko Ikeda, Zhenhua Li, 2021: "Dryline characteristics in North America’s historical and future climates", Climate Dynamics,

Alonso-González, Esteban, Ethan Gutmann, Kristoffer Aalstad, Abbas Fayad, and Simon Gascoin. "Snowpack dynamics in the Lebanese mountains from quasi-dynamically downscaled ERA5 reanalysis updated by assimilating remotely-sensed fractional snow-covered area." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions (2020): 1-31.

Leila Eamen, Roy Brouwer, Saman Razavi, "Integrated modelling to assess the impacts of water stress in a transboundary river basin: Bridging local-scale water resource operations to a river basin economy", Science of The Total Environment,
Volume 800, 2021, 149543 
Integrated modelling to assess the impacts of water stress in a transboundary river basin: Bridging local-scale water resource operations to river basin economy

Shook, Kevin, Raymond J. Spiteri, John W. Pomeroy, Tonghe Liu, and Oluwaseun Sharomi. "WDPM: the Wetland DEM Ponding Model." Journal of Open Source Software 6, no. 64 (2021): 2276. WDPM: the Wetland DEM Ponding Model

Scaff, Lucia, Andreas F. Prein, Yanping Li, Adam J. Clark, Sebastian A. Krogh, Neil Taylor, Changhai Liu, Roy M. Rasmussen, Kyoko Ikeda, and Zhenhua Li. "Dryline characteristics in North America’s historical and future climates." Climate Dynamics (2021): 1-18. Dryline characteristics in North America's historical and future climates

Mohammad Ghoreishi, Razi Sheikholeslami, Amin Elshorbagy, Saman Razavi, Kenneth Belcher, "Peering into agricultural rebound phenomenon using a global sensitivity analysis approach", Journal of Hydrology, Volume 602, 2021, 126739, Peering into Agricultural Rebound Phenomenon Using a Global Sensitivity Analysis Approach

He, Zhihua, John W. Pomeroy, Xing Fang, and Amber Peterson. "Sensitivity analysis of hydrological processes to perturbed climate in a southern boreal forest basin." Journal of Hydrology 601 (2021): 126706. Sensitivity analysis of hydrological processes to perturbed climate in a southern boreal forest basin

Tropea, B. and R.E. Stewart, 2021: "Assessing past and future hazardous freezing rain and wet snow events in Manitoba, Canada using a pseudo-global warming approach." Atmospheric Research.

Crawford, Sarah E., Markus Brinkmann, Jacob D. Ouellet, Frank Lehmkuhl, Klaus Reicherter, Jan Schwarzbauer, Piero Bellanova et al. "Remobilization of pollutants during extreme flood events poses severe risks to human and environmental health.Journal of Hazardous Materials 421 (2022): 126691. Remobilization of pollutants during extreme flood events poses severe risks to human and environmental health

Job Opportunities

New - Research Technician (UAV Specialist)

University of Saskatchewan, Canmore

New -Assistant Professor - Meteorology/Climate Science - Atmospheric Composition
San José State University 

New -Senior Staff Associate I 

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (LDEO)

New -  Three tenure-track Assistant Professor positions
Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, Florida State University

New -  Assistant Professor of Meteorology/Atmospheric Science
Millersville University, PA

New -  Open Rank Tenure-Track
Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Iowa

New -  Assistant Professor
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Nebraska

New - Assistant Professor Position in Climate Prediction and Predictability

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

New - Software Engineer II (2021-106) 
Silver Spring, MD or Durham, NH United States


New -Software Engineer II (2021-237) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -Software Engineer IV (2021-281) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -AI/ML Architect (2021-220)  
Silver Spring, MD, United States

New -Software Engineer III (2021-208) 
Silver Spring, MD or Durham, NH United States

New -Software Engineer II/III (2021-234) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -Engineer III (2021-267) 
Silver Spring, MD, United States

New -Student Assistant II/III: Scientific Data Visualization Designer (2021-273) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -Student Assistant - Data Analytics (2021-231) 

New -Student Assistant - Science Communications (2021-230) 

Senior Lake Winnipeg Specialist  
Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

Research Associate, Economist - CIRA
Colorado State University
Applications deadline: September 7, 2021

Water Allocation Modeller
Government of Alberta

Weather Centre Director
Millersville University
Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor or Professor of Computer Science and Meteorology: High Performance Computing

University of Oklahoma 

Assistant/Associate Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of Arizona
Anticipated start date Aug 2021

Hydrologist/GoldSim Modeller
Robertson GeoConsultants Inc.
Vancouver, BC

Research Scientist Positions - Water Modelling Team
Global Water Futures
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: open until filled

Professor of Empire Innovation in High Resolution Atmospheric Modeling 
University of Albany, State University of New York,
Atmospheric Sciences Research Centre (ASRC)

Application deadline: open until filled


Student/PDF Opportunities

New - Water-Health Post Doctoral Fellow
University of Saskatchewan

New - Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

New - 10 Faculty Positions
College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, University of Oklahoma


New - Assistant Professor - Tropical Meteorology, Cloud and Precipitation Physics & Chemistry
University of Houston

New - Postdoctoral Fellow – Water Temperature Modelling
McMaster University

New -Computational Earth Science Postdoc
Los Alamos, New Mexico

New - Ecosystem Modeling Postdoc
Los Alamos, New Mexico

New - CGD Postdoctoral Fellow (2021-255) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -CGD Postdoctoral Fellow (2021-255) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -Postdoctoral Fellow I (2021-268) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -Postdoctoral Researcher (2021-271) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -TSS Postdoctoral Researcher (2021-282) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -Postdoctoral Fellow I: Convective Prediction and Machine Learning Scientist (2021-257) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -Postdoc Fellow I - Regional Hydroclimate Downscaling for Extreme Events (2021-297)
Boulder, Colorado, United States

New -Postdoc Fellow I - Evaluation of Regional Climate Downscaling Approaches (2021-296) 
Boulder, Colorado, United State

New -Postdoctoral Fellow I (2021-264) 
Palo Alto, California, United States

New -NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021-251) 
Boulder, Colorado, United States

Postdoctoral Position: Developing model-based tools for the resilience of water resources
Australian National University

Postdoctoral Scientist
Michigan Technological University

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Columbia University
Desired start date: January 1, 2022

Two PhD Positions: Hydrology-Carbon interactions in thawing Permafrost
University of Saskatchewan

Postdoctoral Position in Hydrological Modelling and Analysis 
University of Victoria

Snowpacs Post-doctoral Position
Northern Arizona University

Computational Atmospheric Boundary Layer Turbulence & Fog/Cloud Dynamics
University of Notre Dame

Post-doctoral positions in Hydrology, Agriculture and Land Observation (HALO)
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)
Full or part-time work opportunities
Ongoing recruitment

Limits of sustainable groundwater use from both physical and geochemical perspectives
University of Saskatchewan
Ongoing Recruitment

M.A., M.Sc., or Ph.D.: Towards Saskatchewan Well Water Security: Knowledge and Tools for Human and Livestock Health
University of Saskatchewan (2 positions), McMaster University (1 position)

Biogeochemistry of Bloom-Affected Lakes (1 PDF & 3 PhD or MSc)
University of Saskatchewan, Wilfrid Laurier or University of Waterloo

Integrated surface water and groundwater modelling under changing climate and land management factors
University of Alberta
Application deadline: open until filled

Postdoctoral scholars in Planetary Water Prediction (6 positions)
Global Water Futures

PhD in Computational Hydrology (3 positions)

Global Water Futures

MES in Interdisciplinary Nutrient Monitoring and Management (2 positions)
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: open until filled

Of Interest

“Pan-Arctic Snow Research” that is now accepting submissions.

We welcome researching focusing on, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Address and study the change of seasonal snow cover in the Arctic and its possible effects on permafrost thermal regime, glacier mass balance and terrestrial ecosystems;
  • Address the effect of current climate change on the physical characteristics of the seasonal snowpack (i.e. melting refreezing, rain on snow) and possible consequences for fauna, flora and snowpack stability;
  • Address and study the processes that cause the deposition and presence of impurities, including anthropogenic contaminants, in seasonal snowpacks and their release during melting and the potential effect on ecosystems;
  • Address the diversity of microbial communities in the seasonal snowpack and how they are connected to other ecosystems, such as the atmosphere, ice and permafrost;
  • Technological improvements\developments for measuring key physical snow parameters to better understand the processes related to seasonal snowpack, including remote sensing, field and laboratory experiments;
  • Data sharing of relevant snow-cover-related datasets and integration between observations, obtained at different spatial resolutions and time scales, and model frameworks.

The abstract submission deadline is 30 November 2021.  For more information, visit here. 

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