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USask researcher’s cutting-edge buoy aims to secure water source for Regina and Moose Jaw
A strong partnership between GIWS researcher Dr. Helen Baulch (PhD) and the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant is bringing cutting-edge monitoring equipment to Saskatchewan to advance lake science and safeguard drinking water for 260,000 people.

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Global Institute for Food Security at USask announces new Bangladesh office and new Research Chair

Canada and Saskatchewan’s strength in agriculture research and development now has an expanded footprint in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, as the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) and Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has announced a new international office in the South Asian country, as well as a new Research Chair in Food Security.

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USask water expert named to list of world’s most highly-cited researchers
USask Global Institute for Water Security researcher, Dr.Jay Famiglietti (PhD) has been named to Clarivate’s 2021 Highly-Cited Researchers list. Researcher honoured on this list has published multiple academic papers that rank in the top 1% of citations in his field that year from the global Web of Science.

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USask research aims to identify how ‘thirsty’ forests affect water availability
GIWS member Dr. Magali Nehemy (PhD) and her research team investigated how plants use water — where they get it, when they need it and how these processes impact overall water availability. 

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New USask short film highlights water security issues
A new University of Saskatchewan (USask) video that merges art with science was created by USask students to educate youth about some of Canada’s most pressing water security issues.

The project was supervised by Dr. Lori Bradford, with contribution from members: Dr. Markus Brinkmann (PhD), Hayley Carlson, Dr. Bob Clark (PhD), Dr. Grant Ferguson (PhD), Dr. Tim Jardine (PhD), Dr. Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt (PhD), Dr. Matt Lindsay (PhD), Dr. Merrin Macrae (PhD), Dr. Simon Papalexiou (PhD), Dr. Ravi Selvaganapathy (PhD), Dr. Mark Servos (PhD), Dr. Chris Spence (PhD), Dr. Tricia Stadnyk (PhD), Dr. Ron Stewart (PhD) and Dr. Julie Thériault (PhD).

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USask researchers angling to protect fish from chemical contamination
A team led by GIWS Member Dr. Markus Brinkmann (PhD), is studying the toxicological workings and impacts of a chemical known as 6PPD used in rubber tires. It is shed by tires on roadways, becomes oxidized to form 6PPD-quinone, and is then carried to surface waters by stormwater runoff.

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The Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) is pleased to announce the following awards open for nominations to its members. These will be available on a competitive basis and are intended to recognize and celebrate our excellence in Water Security research.
  • Water Security Research Excellence Award for Faculty
  • Water Security Research Excellence Award for Research Staff (PDF/Research Associate/ Research Scientist)
  • Best Doctoral Thesis Award in Water Security Research
  • Best Master Thesis Award in Water Security Research
View Full Award Details

What About Water? connects water science with the stories that bring us solutions, adaptations & actions for our world’s water realities.

Check out the website

Season 3, Episode 6:  Boiling Point: Water, Borders and Conflict with Aaron Wolf

As a critical component of our survival, water has long been a source of conflict between nations. But the stakes are higher with a rapidly increasing population and threats of water scarcity. In this episode, we talk to Aaron Wolf, a trained mediator and Professor of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, about transboundary cooperation as a useful tool for adaptation.

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Season 3, Episode 5:  “Those portfolios will tank”: Mindy Lubber, money and water

We’re already reaping the financial repercussions of climate change. Four Twenty Seven projects that by 2040, roughly $78 trillion, equivalent to about 57% of the world’s current GDP, will be exposed to flooding. On this episode of What About Water? we ask the question: can market incentives align with climate priorities? And how do we hold big corporations accountable?

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The What About Water? Youth Film Prize gives students a chance to use their talents to explore new, creative ways to talk about water issues in ways that can make a real difference. To enter the film prize, students submit a two-minute shore film. 

Beyond the enticing Grand Prize to go toward film and editing equipment for the winning filmmaker’s school, participating students also receive the chance to learn from their peers and gain feedback from one another as they learn and grow in their filmmaking abilities.

Deadline for final film submissions is April 30th, 2022. 

For more details, visit here.

Students share water conservation message in prize-winning films
The shortlist for the 2021  Let's Talk About Water youth prize included student-produced films from countries including the United States and Philippines. Saskatoon Public Schools was well represented on the shortlist with nine productions making the cut.

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Women + Water

This week's Women + Water lecture is on Transborder Collaboration: Women and High Mountain Water. Join Izabella Koziell, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, and Dr. Valentina Radic, the University of British Columbia, as they share their experience managing and researching the world's most important resource across borders. 

The Women+Water series showcases research, supports young professionals and provides a space for dialogue and networking. Join us as we explore water-related challenges, roles of women in water, gendered water-related impacts, and challenges and opportunities facing women in water research.

Women+Water is an inclusive community and all are welcome to attend.

Registration for the 2022 series is now open! 

Register for the first lecture here


Applications are now open for the 2022 Canadian Water Resources Association Graduate Scholarships. In 2022, we will be offering 6 scholarships through a single application process. We are pleased to offer a new scholarship this year, the Golder Scholarship for Indigenous Students in Water, that is reserved for Indigenous graduate students doing research in water. 
We have updated our application process to allow more than one student per department to apply. We have also updated the submission system so that students will be submitting their own information forms, and coordinating with the relevant people and offices to submit transcripts and recommendation letters. The deadline to apply is February 14, 2022.
Students can find more information about our scholarship program and how to apply on our website:
Please let us know at if you have any questions.


Call for Applications for the 2022 NSERC Undergraduate 

Student Research Awards (USRA) Program

Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives (RASI) invites undergraduate students and faculty supervisors to submit applications for the 2022 NSERC USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Awards) competition by Tuesday, February 1, 2022 by 4:30 p.m. CST. 

On or before this date, please e-mail a memo (signed by the Department

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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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Special Issue on Women in Hydrology - Celebrating the contributions of mentors, researchers and leaders

This Special Issue, “Women in Hydrology - Celebrating the contributions of mentors, researchers, and leaders”, aims to celebrate the contributions of women to Hydrological Sciences. This Special Issue will highlight their contributions through invited features on women leaders and mentors, in addition to this Open Call featuring the scholarly work of women authors or primarily women teams of authors.

Manuscript Submission Opens: September 1, 2021

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022

Final date for acceptance: December 31, 2022

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We invite you to be part of our EGU22 session HS10.5 "Stable isotopes to study water and nutrient dynamics in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum".

This session aims to address the current state of the art for methods, applications, and process interpretations using stable isotopes in the critical zone and to foster interdisciplinary exchange. We welcome experimental and modeling studies that present methodological developments and applications of isotope tracers to improve the actual knowledge of the water and nutrient exchanges at the soil-plant-atmosphere interfaces. Studies that seek to cross disciplinary boundaries and reveal new eco-hydrological process understanding are especially welcome.

You can submit your abstract here.

The deadline for the abstract submission is 12 January 2022, 13:00 CET.
We are very much looking forward to meeting you at EGU22!

Conferences, Events, and Workshops

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) 56th Congress, the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) Annual Meeting, and the 78th Eastern Snow Conference (ESC) will be held jointly over a 6-day period, 1-3 June 2022 and continuing 6-8 June 2022. Due to the continuing impact and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the joint meetings will be held using a virtual (on-line) format.

More detailed information will be posted as it becomes available on the Congress website


We invite proposals for scientific sessions, either in your particular area of expertise and interest or in broad, general interest, topic areas. Sessions may be proposed for either oral or poster presentation. Oral sessions will be organized into 90-minute blocks of six 15-minute presentations, or one 30-minute lead presentation followed by four 15-minute presentations. Multiple 90-minutes oral sessions are welcome if warranted by the number of submitted abstracts. Poster sessions will also be organized into 90-minute sessions, with the first 30-minutes used to present short individual talks introducing each of the posters in the session. Poster presenters will remain available for the subsequent hour to discuss their posters with interested individuals via virtual breakout rooms. Conference participants will be able to view posters throughout the meeting.

Please submit your session proposal for a special session through the CMOS website
43rd Annual GKS Conference

The 43rd annual conference of the GKS will be held at the Hotel am Badersee in Grainau between Feb. 18-20, 2022 and will be organized by the section Indigenous and Cultural Studies. The conference theme is Ecologies – Environments – Ethics.

The renewed Call for Papers for the 43rd annual conference can be viewed here

Conference Website

2022 CWRA National Conference

2022 is an important year:

75th Anniversary of the Canadian Water Resources Association
110th Anniversary of the International Joint Commission
145 years since the signing of Treaty 7

Come reflect, share and celebrate our shared waters with us!

Stay tuned for more details to come as the conference approaches.


More details about the workshop can be found here. Oral presentation will be by invitation only. Optional abstract for poster presentations are due February 4, 2022 with registration opening at a later date. 

In the News


Scientist sounds water crisis alarm
January 6th, 2022 - The Western Producer

B.C. Flooding: Scenes of Suffering and Solidarity, As Climate Experts Warned of Bigger Picture
December 20, 2021 - The Energy Mix

2021, one of the worst years for glaciers in western Canada and not the last
December 19, 2021 - Turned News

Historically low water level on Bow River concerning, water scientist says
November 19th, 2021 - CBC News

Old oil well boreholes pose a liability
November 18th, 2021 - The Western Producer

The Future of Flooding in Canada
November 19th, 2021 - The Tyee

After a year of disasters, it’s urgent that we address Canada’s climate-caused water crisis
November 19th, 2021 - The Globe & Mail

There’s something in the water — how nanotech sensors, AI and other digital tools can keep our supply safe
November 4th, 2021 - Toronto Star

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


Recent Publications

La Follette, Peter T., Adriaan J. Teuling, Nans Addor, Martyn Clark, Koen Jansen, and Lieke A. Melsen. "Numerical daemons of hydrological models are summoned by extreme precipitation.Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions (2021): 1-32.

Baulch, Helen, Colin Whitfield, Jared Wolfe, Nandita Basu, Angela Bedard-Haughn, Kenneth Belcher, Robert Clark et al. "Synthesis of science: findings on Canadian Prairie wetland drainage." Canadian Water Resources Journal/Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques 46, no. 4 (2021): 229-241.

Wong, Jefferson S., Fuad Yassin, James S. Famiglietti, and John W. Pomeroy. "A streamflow-oriented ranking-based methodological framework to combine multiple precipitation datasets across large river basins." Journal of Hydrology 603 (2021): 127174.

Rajulapati, Chandra Rupa, Simon Michael Papalexiou, Martyn P. Clark, and John W. Pomeroy. "The Perils of Regridding: Examples Using a Global Precipitation Dataset." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 60, no. 11 (2021): 1561-1573.

Pelling, Mark, Rachel Bezner Kerr, Robert Biesbroek, Martina Angela Caretta, Guéladio Cissé, Mark John Costello, Kristie L. Ebi et al. "Synergies Between COVID-19 and Climate Change Impacts and Responses." Journal of Extreme Events 8, no. 03 (2021): 2131002.

López-Moreno, J. I., J. W. Pomeroy, E. Morán-Tejeda, J. Revuelto, F. M. Navarro-Serrano, I. Vidaller, and E. Alonso-González. "Changes in the frequency of global high mountain rain-on-snow events due to climate warming." Environmental Research Letters 16, no. 9 (2021): 094021.

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

Job Opportunities

New - Research Associate II, Data Visualization Researcher

New - Staff Associate II, Oceanography
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University 

New - Tenure track faculty position, Meteorology,
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona.

New - Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Policy & Ecology
Odum School 

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

Assistant Professor of Meteorology/Atmospheric Science
Millersville University, PA

Open Rank Tenure-Track
Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Iowa

Assistant Professor
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Nebraska

Assistant Professor Position in Climate Prediction and Predictability

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Assistant - Data Analytics (2021-231) 

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 - Postdoctoral scholar in climate mitigation and biomass-based carbon dioxide removal solutions
Stanford University

New - Postdoctoral scholar in sustainable agriculture and climate change
Stanford University

New - Water-Health Post Doctoral Fellow
University of Saskatchewan

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

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

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

Postdoctoral Fellow – Water Temperature Modelling
McMaster University

Computational Earth Science Postdoc
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Ecosystem Modeling Postdoc
Los Alamos, New Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canada Water Decadeoffers a portal for sharing resources with each other - across geographies, sectors, and stakeholders - with the aim of advancing progress towards Canada’s achievement of the Water Goal and related goals such as the Health Goal (SDG3), the Gender Equity Goal (SDG5), the Sustainable Communities Goal (SDG11), and the Climate Action Goal (SDG13). 

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Watch 'Day Zero' Free On Prime
Humanity is rapidly consuming Earth’s precious fresh water supplies while removing nature’s ability to replenish them. In seeking out the voices of ordinary people who are battling water stress, follow the journey through time and space, to explore the moment when Earth’s fresh water supplies will be exhausted.

Day Zero features GIWS member Jay Famiglietti.  

Watch here
Water Underground Talks is an initiative by the University of Victoria, Canada, partners of the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP), and other partners. This platform provides the opportunity to share and elevate diverse voices and perspectives on groundwater through video interviews. In Season 1 of the Water Underground Talks, 11 hydrogeologists and groundwater experts in different positions, from teaching to research to practitioners, from around the world shared their passion and exciting work on the connections between groundwater, climate, environment, food and people.

Please submit a nomination by January 25, 2022 via this form.
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