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USask wastewater COVID detectives’ paper is a roadmap for other scientists

GIWS researchers set up a wastewater monitoring program that’s become the province’s sole reliable source for data on the prevalence of COVID-19. Now they have published a paper that provides a blueprint for other scientists to emulate their work.

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Crop, forestry residues fuel USask, industry green project

With Saskatchewan’s north home to a boreal forest that’s larger than Germany, and its south making up nearly half of Canada’s cropland, the province’s agriculture and lumber industries alone annually produce about 24 million tonnes of biomass residue.

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USask research finds substance derived from tire debris is toxic to two trout species

Now, researchers from the GIWS have reported in the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology Letters that exposure to 6PPD-quinone at environmentally relevant levels can also be deadly for rainbow and brook trout, though not for Arctic char or white sturgeon.

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The dollars and ‘sense’ behind wetland conservation: USask research

A team of GIWS researchers has built a tool designed to estimate a value for wetland services to help farmers, land planners and policy makers understand the benefits of wetland conservation in agriculture.

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Congratulations to GIWS members Saman Razzavi, Howard Wheater, Patricia Gober for being awarded the 2022 Wiley Award for Top Cited Invited Commentary in the area of Anthropocene flooding.

Water You Waiting For

GIWS students participate in "Water You Waiting For", animated film on water security. The film has been selected to the 2021 BC Environmental Film festival, as well as the FutureNow student showcase at the Sask Legislature in May. 

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Ceres, in partnership with the Valuing Water Finance Initiative, commissioned the Global Institute of Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan for a first-of-its-kind comprehensive scientific review and analysis of industry impacts on freshwater resources around the world. This report analyzes the global role and impacts that industries are having on water systems, including their impact on water use, pollution, water flow alterations, and broader hydrologic system disruption. It also examines the longterm exposure that different industry sectors are facing from escalating water risks and the actions that companies can take to mitigate those risks.

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The 2022 field research season a fast approaching. Would you like to get your research professionally documented? For this season, the GIWS Communications Team is offering high quality photography, sound recording, videography, and drone footage to tell the story of your research.

2022 documentation capacity is set at 10 projects. Projects will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. 

To apply, please contact Fred Reibin, GIWS Communications Coordinator. 

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

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Season 3, Episode 12:  The Girl Who Wanted to Swim: Tackling Sewage at the Source

What started as a science fair project catapulted her community – and all three levels of government – into action to clean up the LaHave. Now 18 years old and $15.7 million in government funds allocated later, Stella sits down with Jay to share her story.

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Season 3, Episode 11:  Water Pipes to Water Rights: Protecting Water with Newsha Ajami and Carolina Vilches

In this episode we look at water infrastructure – from broken water pipes across America to the redistribution of water rights in Chilé – and what role governments play in fixing the systems that distribute our water. Newsha Ajami, Chief Development Officer for Research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, joins us as our first return guest of the podcast.

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Conferences, Events, and Workshops

Arctic: A Man Under the Ice

GIWS & GWF art & research will be featured in an exhibit along-side Artic: A Man Under the Ice from April 2021 to May 29, 2022. Be sure to check it out. 


Celebrating the Canoe: Stories Behind Iconic Canadian Paintings in the Remai Modern Canoe exhibit

The canoe has been called one of the Seven Wonders of Canada. An ancient mode of transportation, it did much to build the modern country we know as Canada. As Roy MacGregor, author of Canoe Country: The Making of Canada has stated, “I think [the canoe] connects you to who we are and how we got here.”

The University of Saskatchewan, in cooperation with Remai Modern, is pleased to present a free public presentation on the canoe in Canadian art, illustrated with slides of paintings in the museum’s Canoe exhibit.

Exhibit runs until May 8, 2022. 

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Connect with Hydrology Experts
AGU (American Geophysical Union) and CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.) are excited to host the inaugural Frontiers in Hydrology Meeting! Join hydrology industry professionals for an innovative meeting that will bring together experts from all aspects of the water community. Meet with leaders in academia, industry and nonprofits, as well as engineers, urban planners, policy makers, students, and individual practitioners to network, share research, and collaborate at this premier conference. The meeting features sessions around projecting the future, environmental justice, remote sensing and observations, managing scarce resources, designing for change, and developing the future generation of the water community.

Become an exhibitor 
and showcase your organization's services and solutions in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 19-24 June 2022, in this first meeting of its kind to showcase the importance of planning for the future of water.

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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
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.



Upcoming Courses
Isotope Tracers in Catchment Hydrology

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 stable isotope measurement and tracing techniques and the linkage of these tracers in and among hydrologic and biological components of earth system at the catchment scale.

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Opinion Writing with SK Opinion Editors

Join us to learn about crafting op-eds that highlight your specific knowledge and presents your expertise in a clear and effective way. Panelists include Abby Schneider, producer for Blue Sky and Opinion/Engagement with CBC Saskatchewan, and Russell Wangersky, editor-in-chief of the Regina Leader-Post and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

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Funding Opportunities

NCAR is pleased to announce that the application period for the third cohort of the Early Career Faculty Innovator Program has officially opened. The program is accepting applications from faculty with social, behavioral, or policy sciences doctorates to collaborate on projects with NCAR scientists at the intersection of social science and STEM research.Faculty with doctorates in interdisciplinary fields will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Please visit the Innovators webpage for details on eligibility and application instructions. Letters of Intent (LOI) will be accepted now through May 1st, 2022.

In the News

Scientists say warming climate puts southern Alberta’s water supply at risk
March 30, 2022 - Calgary Journal

Melting glaciers will increase risk of floods in Alberta mountains, experts warn

March 30, 2022 - Calgary Journal

Severity and sweep of Prairie droughts could spiral as climate changes

March 28, 2022 - CBC News

Groundwater – making the invisible visible
 March 26, 2022 - Rocky Mountain Outlook

State of water security in Canada: A water-rich nation prepares for the future after seasons of disaster
March 23, 2022 -

'Feast or famine' conditions as thaw gets going in Saskatchewan
March 22, 2022 - Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Verdict still out on this year’s snow
March 17, 2022 - The Western Producer


Recent Publications

Wheater, Howard S., John W. Pomeroy, Alain Pietroniro, Bruce Davison, Mohamed Elshamy, Fuad Yassin, Prabin Rokaya et al. "Advances in modelling large river basins in cold regions with Modélisation Environmentale Communautaire‐Surface and Hydrology (MESH), the Canadian hydrological land surface scheme." Hydrological Processes (2021): e14557.

Spence, Christopher, Zhihua He, Kevin R. Shook, Balew A. Mekonnen, John W. Pomeroy, Colin J. Whitfield, and Jared D. Wolfe. "Assessing hydrological sensitivity of grassland basins in the Canadian Prairies to climate using a basin classification–based virtual modelling approach." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions (2021): 1-39.

Pradhananga, Dhiraj, and John W. Pomeroy. "Diagnosing changes in glacier hydrology from physical principles using a hydrological model with snow redistribution, sublimation, firnification and energy balance ablation algorithms." Journal of Hydrology 608 (2022): 127545.


Job Opportunities

New - Knowledge Mobilization Specialist

Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Communication and Education Project,
University of Saskatchewan

New - Executive Director
Red Deer River Watershed Alliance

New - Tenure Track Faculty Position in SoMAS
Stony Brook University

Research Scientist Positions (2) in Quantitative and Environmental Analyses
University of Regina

New -  Intermediate or Senior Hydrologist

New -  Research Associate II, HPC Software Developer
The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), Colorado State University

New - Assistant Professor - Hydrology
University of Alberta

New -  Assistant Professor - Water Resources Engineering
University of Alberta

New -  Summer assistants - water quality, soil sampling
University of Saskatchewan

New - Postdoctoral Position in Hydroclimate and Vegetation Modelling,
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Research Associate II, Data Visualization Researcher

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

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

Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Policy & Ecology
Odum School 

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

Senior Staff Associate I 

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (LDEO)

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

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 - PhD Research Assistantship, Geospatial Science
Montana State University 

New -  UCAR Next Generation Fellowships 2022
UCAR - Boulder Co

Postdoctoral Fellow - Integrated Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling
University of Saskatchewan

PhD Opportunity - Resilience of ACT water catchments
Australian National University

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

Postdoctoral scholar in sustainable agriculture and climate change
Stanford University

Water-Health Post Doctoral Fellow
University of Saskatchewan

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

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