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What Canada’s Melting Glaciers Tell USask Researchers
It may seem unfathomable, but these masses of ice are melting at an alarming rate. Canadian glaciers have shrunk 15 per cent since 1985, and estimated glacier loss in the Rockies could rise to 100 per cent by the end of the century, according to University of Saskatchewan (USask) hydrology PhD candidate Caroline Aubry-Wake.  Full Article

2021 Let's Talk About Water Film Festival

The 2021 Film Festival will release a curated monthly film program that explores a designated theme through the lens of feature-length and short films. The 2021 season will culminate the last week of June,  highlighting the winners of the International and Youth Film Prize competitions.  

In 2020, Film Festival films gained over 13,000 views from viewers in nearly 40 countries. Click below to register, enter the virtual theatre, and watch the 2021 films.

Film Festival Website
Let's Talk About Water Podcast
In this episode, Jay talks with an old friend about hope: hope for cleaner and safer water in America. Felicia Marcus is an attorney/consultant who has served in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector. She's been a board member on numerous national and international bodies, including one that oversees Canada-U.S. water issues. She is currently the Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Woods Institute Water in the West Program. >> listen here
LTAW is a podcast about the future of our planet's water — and why you should care!

Catch up on LTAW podcast episodes >> LTAW episodes

LTAW is hosted by Jay Famiglietti and produced by The Walrus Lab
People Around the World (PAW) Conference
Feb 2 & 3, 2021

PAW brings together expert research, applied knowledge, and lived experiences to create the path forward for stronger, more resilient societies in the wake of COVID-19, and on the way to meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030.

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Trainee Research Competition>>

GIWS has 8 complimentary registrations! If you are interested in attending PAW, please contact Palash Sanyal.

GIWS is proud to be a platinum sponsor of
PAW 2021.
USask researchers use
Fort McMurray model to develop ice-jam flood mitigation assessment process 
USask and Innovate Canmore partner to boost technology innovation and impact

The city of Fort McMurray, Alta., which has a lengthy history of flooding, is among communities adjacent to northern rivers across Canada that regularly confront the expensive problem caused by ice jams during spring ice breakup, or even at freeze-up or mid-winter breakup.  Full Article

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is building on its long-standing presence in the Town of Canmore and the broader Bow Valley Region in Alberta by engaging with The Innovate Canmore Group. Full Article


Breaking Through Language Barriers
Dr. Saman Razavi, Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, has written two impactful articles on EDI. In Celebrate diversity, embrace equity and cultivate inclusion, in the December 2020 issue of University Affairs, Dr. Razavi reflects on the idea that while diversity is relatively easy to quantify, equity and inclusion require intention and action. In Breaking through language barriers in the January 2021 issue, of Science Dr. Razavi offers practical tips to overcoming language barriers in the lab for newcomers and those striving to create an inclusive and supportive lab environment. In sharing his perspective, Saman hopes to inspire others to share their unique experiences to create a positive dialogue about EDI in academia and society.  Full Article


Upcoming Webinars, Lectures & Events

Women+Water Lecture Series
Lecture 2: Sustainable Ecosystems

Guest: Isabelle Durance, Cardiff University (UK)

Jared Wolfe, University of Saskatchewan

February 11, 2021

11:30 am MST | 12:30 pm CST 
1:30 pm EST

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Regional Freshwater Forum - Prairies
The Government of Canada is undertaking public consultation on the new Canada Water Agency through national and regional virtual forums

February 18, 2021

For more information and to register, visit the Government of Canada's PlaceSpeak site.

School of Environment and Sustainability Info Sessions

Please join the School of Environment and Sustainability for our upcoming professional graduate degree program information sessions. Each session has a general overview, and program-specific breakout rooms were program directors are available to answer your questions. Not able to make it? Email


Upcoming Sessions:

February 11, 1:30 p.m. CST
Platform: Zoom || Find your local number:

March 2, 7:30 a.m. CST
Platform: Zoom || Find your local number:


GW4 WSA Webinar Series

On-line talks, covering a wide range of water security related issues. The talks are scheduled form 14:30 (GMT) each Friday and last for 30-40 minutes followed with a short Q&A session.


Next talk: 26 Feb 14.30: Tree Water Deficit - Source Water Partitioning, Magali Nehemy (University of Saskatchewan)


If anyone (students/pdf/faculty) would like to present at this webinar series, please email Andrew Schofield ( or Stacey Dumanski (



To register click here.


Global Climate Action Challenge

March 2021


Student groups ideate solutions which help contribute to addressing real life climate challenges, then have 10 days to work on their solution.  


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CRIPE Workshop on River Ice
August 29 to
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.

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CWRA 2021 National Conference

May31-June 4th Online

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

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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

Fort McMurray residents still cleaning, considering options after spring flooding
December 5, 2020 - Lethbridge News Now

Resourceful scientist, adventuring entrepreneur, pioneering playwright among latest Sask. CBC Future 40 winner
December 3, 2020 - CBC News

Recent Publications

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.

Williams, B. S., Das, A., Johnston, P., Luo, B., & Lindenschmidt, K. E. (2020). Measuring the skill of an operational ice jam flood forecasting system. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 102001.

Williams, B., Das, A., Luo, B., & Lindenschmidt, K. E. (2020). An ice jam flood hazard assessment of a lowland river and its terminus inland deltaNatural Hazards, 1-19.
Upcoming Courses
March 1-5, 2021

Open to students within and beyond the CREATE for Water Security program. 

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Of Interest
Podcast will explore climate change’s impact on Dehcho
A new podcast called All Ages, All Voices – or Azhǫ Gots’ęndeh, Dánét’ée Goghae Azhǫ in Dene Zhatie – provides a platform for Dehcho Dene to discuss how climate change is impacting their region. 

“We know that when people think First Nations, they often think traditions. We also want to bring in the ideas and innovations … for figuring out new and better ways to approach similar problems
,” Full Article
In this series, we will be exploring how systems built to help communities adapt and grow while dealing with the impacts of climate change can also contribute to managing other shocks and stressors, like the current global pandemic.

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The Cold Regions Hydrological Modelling Platform – a tool for hydrological modelling based on the understanding gained from process investigations in research basins

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Funding, Scholarship & Conference Opportunities

Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards

Arrell Food Institute recognizes global leaders who are ensuring future food security for the planet, and hopes to inspire new leaders to take bold steps towards change. Scientific excellence and community engagement are necessary to overcome the challenges our world will face in feeding 9 billion people and beyond.


Applications Due: February 28th 

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CMOS - Weather Research House NSERC Scholarship Supplement

This scholarship is awarded to a student in atmospheric or ocean sciences who has succeeded in winning an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship or an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. The initial award is $5,000 and is renewable for a second year provided the student continues to hold the NSERC postgraduate scholarship. Deadline: April 20, 2021

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Job Opportunities

NEW! Assistant Professor or Associate Professor or Professor of Computer Science and Meteorology: High Performance Computing
University of Oklahoma 
NEW! Regional Hydrologist
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Develepment, Nanaimo.
Apply online by February 4, 2021

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

NEW! Canada Research Chair Positions (up to 10 candidates for Tier 1 and Tier 2 positions)
Western University
Application reviews begin January 24, 2021

NEW! Assistant Professor, Geosciences
Salt Lake Community College
Priority reviews begin January 21, 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! 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

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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