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Announcing the 2021 GIWS Research Excellence Award Recipients
The last year has been unprecedented, with an unparallel amount of change to how we conduct research. Despite the new challenges, there has been a lot accomplished in advancing water security research. Please join us in celebrating our 2021 Research Excellence Award recipients.

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U of S Launches Covid-19 Wastewater Testing Website
Saskatoon residents now have access to the results of wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, thanks to a partnership between University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers, the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Visit wastewater site

Virtual Water Gallery Launching April 29th

The Virtual Water Gallery is a space for sharing water perspectives across communities (artists, scientists, Indigenous peoples, and many others) to help find creative and holistic solutions to the water challenges we all face. Launched in Spring 2020, the Virtual Water Gallery is a science and art pilot project that brings together artists, water experts, knowledge keepers, and the public, to collectively reflect on these challenges.

Register for the launch event Here



'The continents are drying out:'
New USask research shows troubling water trends
A pair of satellites collecting detailed measurements about Earth’s gravitational field are giving researchers an unprecedented look at the state of the planet’s water—and the results are worrying. Full Article

Dr. Bram Noble named new Vice-Dean RSAW
Dr. Bram Noble (PhD), a faculty member in the college’s Department of Geography and Planning, will begin his five-year renewable term beginning on July 1, 2021.  Full Article

Let's Talk About Water
Liquid Assets:
Water on Wall Street

Colorado water lawyer James Eklund and California water policy expert Ellen Hanak talk to Jay about the future of water -- or rather, about water futures. Water futures and securities are increasingly valuable investments. Some may feel anxiety at letting financial markets commodify such a basic human essential, but Eklund and Hanak, whose states have unique systems of water rights, say it's a legitimate resource management tool and way forward for landowners struggling to monetize their assets.  >> listen here

LTAW is a podcast about the future of our planet's water — and why we should care!

Catch up on LTAW podcast episodes >> LTAW episodes

LTAW is hosted by Jay Famiglietti and produced by The Walrus Lab

Let’s Talk About Water is soliciting short films—up to two minutes—that inform, educate, inspire and motivate people to come together and embrace our ubiquitous need to value water and to share compelling narratives about water issues and solutions

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April 22 - May 20

We are celebrating the 51st Earth Day with the release of two new films that can help us think deeply about the intersections of climate adaptation & migration. This year's Earth Day theme "Restore our Earth" pushes back against the notion that mitigation and adaptation (including migration) are the only ways to address climate change. Our two films, "The Church Forests of Ethiopia (2019)" and "Treeline (2018)" explore these issues through a spiritual lens, showing that issues of forests are issues of water, too. 

Film Festival Website

Upcoming Webinars, Lectures & Events

EGU General Assembly 2021


April 19 - 30 Online

The authors of the 13,799 abstracts received their letter of schedule on 3 March. Engage in vEGU21, have a look at the meeting programme, discover almost 800 sessions, and get inspired from the contributions of your colleagues. Read the summary on everything you need to know about the vEGU21 schedule. We also suggest that you take advantage of the reduced fees for early registrations.

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Navigating An Academic Career


April 29 - 30

If you are a Ph.D. student or early career researcher, there are still a limited number of spaces left in this important 2 day short course on Launching and Navigating An Academic Career offered by Dr. Jeffrey McDonnell and Dr. Maureen Reed at USask. The course will take place April 29 & 30 2021 register by following the link
Second IWRA 50th Anniversary High Level Panel
"A Conversation on Water: The Past Informing Water Futures"

Following the successful first IWRA 50th Anniversary High Level Panel hosted last month, it is our pleasure to invite now to the second dedicated panel to celebrate this major landmark in the history of the Association!

Thursday, April 29th, 10 - 11:30 am CET

Register Now

Isotope Tracers in Catchment Hydrology
May 10-14th

This course will introduce graduate students and researchers to the principles of stable isotope geochemistry applied to catchment hydrology and more broadly, to environmental research in the hydrosphere and biosphere. The course will focus on the measurement, tracing, and linkage of stable isotope tracers in and among hydrologic and biological components of earth system at the catchment scale. We will specifically consider the application of stable isotope investigative tools to a variety of hydrological situations, ranging from water cycle dynamics, runoff processes, bio- and geochemical processes, nutrients and contamination and isotope ecohydrology. Students will be encouraged to independently explore the interrelated linkages among these systems in the daily assignments.

2021 Registration NOW OPEN. Online/Live Streamed

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GWF 2021


May 17-19

The 2021 Global Water Futures (GWF) Annual Open Science Meeting (GWF2021) will bring together the GWF community (researchers, affiliates, partners, collaborators, and stakeholders) in a virtual setting to share our latest scientific achievements and success stories, provide updates on end user solutions, and support the actions needed to secure Canada’s water future.   Register
2021 CGU Annual Meeting
As you will be aware, an in-person 2021 Annual Meeting of the CGU will not be taking place. However, as was the case last summer, the CGU is planning an online series of oral sessions, workshops, section meetings and a Union-wide Annual General Meeting. The sessions will take place online throughout June and July, with the framework, schedule, and content of the meeting appearing on the CGU website in the coming weeks.

Call for abstracts open now

CRIPE Workshop on River Ice
August 29 -
September 1

Saskatoon, SK

Due to the unprecedented pandemic situation, this year both in-person and online options are being considered and the final decision will be announced in March 2021.

more information>>

CWRA 2021 National Conference

May 31 - June 4th Online

Details to be announced soon. Stay tunded to the conference website. 

more information>>

CMOS | SCMO Events

Meteorology - A Virtual Career and Networking Seminar

May 11, 2021


The CMOS Students Committee is very proud to present a virtual career & networking seminar this spring! This two hour seminar will provide you with the chance to interact and ask your questions with some of the most revered in the field! Don't miss it!

Please follow the registration link embedded in the seminar announcement to register and receive the Zoom access link. 

Registration link

Climate Change Risk Resilience Response

31 May - 11 June

Congress 2021 will celebrate 150 Years of Weather Services in Canada through Symposium events being organized by MSC/ECCC with the Congress.

Details & Registration

Of Interest

All USask staff and faculty are required to sign up for Multi-Factor Authentication by May 31, 2021. Please take the time to encourage members of your team to complete this important step to help protect themselves against the threat of online attacks.

For more information about MFA including training videos, online resources and to register for upcoming information sessions, click here.

In the News


Shrinking ice caps and glaciers could create water crisis, study finds
January 28, 2021 - CBC News

What Canada’s melting glaciers tell USask researchers
January 8, 2021 - USask Research Profile and Impact

Wastewater testing for COVID-19 virus reaches its 'full potential' in N.W.T.
December 10, 2020 - CBC News

PCs ram through budget bill, sending environmental protections back to the days of Mike Harris
December 10, 2020 - The Pointer


Recent Publications

Mohamed Khalil Zammali, Elmira Hassanzadeh, Etienne Shupena-Soulodre, Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt, A generic approach to evaluate costs and effectiveness of agricultural Beneficial Management Practices to improve water quality management, Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 287,2021,

E. Akomeah, L.A. Morales-Marın, M. Carr, A. Sadeghian, K.E. Lindenschmidt, The impacts of changing climate and streamflow on nutrient speciation in a large Prairie reservoir, Journal of Environmental Management,

Patrick, R., & Baijius, W. (2021). A Parallel Approach to Water Stewardship Planning: Making Space for Indigenous Knowledge and Western-Science. Canadian Planning and Policy / Aménagement Et Politique Au Canada2021(01), 1-16.

Ghoreishi, Mohammad, Saman Razavi, and Amin Elshorbagy. "Understanding Human Adaptation to Drought: Agent-Based Agricultural Water Demand Modeling in the Bow River Basin, Canada." Hydrological Sciences Journal (2021).

Brinkmann, M., Ouellet, J. D., Zennegg, M., Buchinger, S., Reifferscheid, G., & Hollert, H. (2020). Combined sediment desorption and bioconcentration model to predict levels of dioxin-like chemicals in fish. Science of The Total Environment, 143891.

Das, A., Lindenschmidt, K. E. (2021). Evaluation of the implications of ice‐jam flood mitigation measures. Journal of Flood Risk Management.

Essery, R., Kim, H., Wang, L., Bartlett, P., Boone, A., Brutel-Vuilmet, C., Burke, E., Cuntz, M., Decharme, B., Dutra, E., Fang, X., Gusev, Y., Hagemann, S., Haverd, V., Kontu, A., Krinner, G., Lafaysse, M., Lejeune, Y., Marke, T., Marks, D., Marty, C., Menard, C. B., Nasonova, O., Nitta, T., Pomeroy, J., Schädler, G., Semenov, V., Smirnova, T., Swenson, S., Turkov, D., Wever, N., and Yuan, H. (2020) Snow cover duration trends observed at sites and predicted by multiple models, The Cryosphere, 14, 4687–4698,, 2020

Menard, C. B., Essery, R., Krinner, G., Arduini, G., Bartlett, P., Boone, A., ... & Yuan, H. (2020). Scientific and human errors in a snow model intercomparison. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 1-46.

Minnes, S., Gaspard, V., Loring, P. A., Baulch, H., & Breen, S. P. (2020). Transforming conflict over natural resources: a socio-ecological systems analysis of agricultural drainage. FACETS

Shook, K., Papalexiou, S., & Pomeroy, J. W. Quantifying the effects of Prairie depressional storage complexes on drainage basin connectivityJournal of Hydrology593, 125846.
Call for Abstracts
IWRA Online Conference

“One Water, One Health: Water, Food & Public Health in a Changing World”

7-9 June 2021 

Deadline Extension: Monday, May 3rd, 2021

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) are pleased to announce that the call is now open for abstract submissions for IWRA's Online Conference on “One Water, One Health: Water, Food and Public Health in a Changing World”.

Funding, Scholarship & Conference Opportunities


This opportunity is open to GIWS members and associate members to supervise students to provide additional technical support for various research projects of strategic relevant to the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) research themes, and the Global Water Futures (GWF) program mission of improving disaster warning, predict water futures and inform adaptation to change and risk management. Additionally, grants are available to train and provide professional development opportunity to undergraduate students.

All applications should be sent by email to the attention of Phani Adapa at by April 30, 2021

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2021-2022 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is designed to support world-class postdoctoral researchers who aspire to develop their leadership potential and position themselves for success as the research leaders of tomorrow.  The Banting PDF competition is highly competitive and includes a rigorous review and selection process. 

The following link provides additional information on this opportunity here

Job Opportunities

Environmental Adaptation
Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on March 15, 2021. The search will continue until the position is filled.

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

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

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