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2020 GIWS Annual Report Now Available
2020 was a year like no other in our history. In the midst of the pandemic, there is a lot to look back on and celebrate from GIWS.  Enjoy this year's report, with an updated design. 

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Seasonality, Intensity, and Duration of Rainfall Extremes Change in a Warmer Climate

GIWS precipitation data and high-resolution modelling suggest that extreme rainfall events under a changing climate will be shorter, more intense, and more widely spread out.

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USask and City of Saskatoon named to Smart Cities list
for wastewater projects
The University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the City of Saskatoon have been honoured for their collaborative wastewater monitoring project that advances environmental and human health—one of 50 international projects named to the 2021 Smart 50 list.

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Article: Canada's Troubled Waters
“Every community and province needs a drought plan – how they will deal with water shortages to maintain supplies to priority users and how they will apportion water when it runs short.” - Dr. John Pomeroy 

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Congratulations USask’s New Researchers Award Recipient:
 Dr. Kerry McPhedran 
Dr. McPhedran's most significant recent research contribution has been a project co-developed and co-led with USask toxicologists to monitor COVID-19 viruses in Saskatoon wastewater and project upcoming surges of infection so that health officials and citizens alike can be prepared. Wastewater surveillance can also provide information on such things as opiate-related surges and health-related micropollutants.

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Let's Talk About Water
Special Episode:  Valuing Water

Valuing water is about much more than price. In this bonus episode (a condensed version of our Let's Talk About Water virtual forum on World Water Day), Jay talks with three individuals each with a unique perspective on valuing water. Featuring Kirsten James (Ceres), Gidon Bromberg (EcoPeace Middle East), and Dr. Karen Kidd (McMaster University).  >> 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
Watch, rate, comment and share to give your favourite film a chance to win the Viewer's Choice Award in each category. Viewer's Choice voting closes June 10. 

Watch Film Prize Submissions



Film Festival Website
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

TV is a found footage essay film: Voicemails left by an anonymous caller from the future guide us to the remote islands of Tuvalu, a place the global media has described as “the first country to disappear due to rising sea levels”

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood.

Upcoming Webinars, Lectures & Events

Eastern Snow Conference - 2021 Annual Meeting


June 9, 2021 -  Online

We are pleased to announce that the 77th Eastern Snow Conference will be held as a virtual meeting hosted by the University of Saskatchewan, on 9 June 2021. A revised meeting format will be used in support of the ongoing public health and safety efforts around the world. The single-day virtual meeting will focus on student-led research.

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GWF 2021


View GWF 2021 On-Demand

Thank you for everyone who participated in GWF 2021. The conference video recordings for al sessions are now available for on-demand viewing.   

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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>>


Funding, Grants, & Scholarships

The iMpowered scholarship was created to support women and Indigenous students with financial responsibilities for their family, enrolled in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science post-secondary education programs of relevance to Saskatchewan’s minerals industry, complete their education and enter careers in mining.

Applications due June 30, 2021.

Application Details

Postdoctoral Opportunity

The James S. McDonnell Fellowship is designed to provide students with opportunities to pursue postdoctoral training that might not be otherwise readily available. The Fellowships are intended to allow students to seek postdoctoral research opportunities aligned with the student's interest and desire to obtain additional skills and experience that will further their pursuit of careers in complex systems science.

Application Details

Of Interest

The Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC) has been renamed Career Services. Please note their new web page,, and email address, Their phone number and physical location remain the same. 

In the News

Predicting the unpredictable: How scientists are improving cold-region water and climate prediction models
May 27, 2021 - University of Saskatchewan
The California Town That Keeps Sinking
May 26, 2021 - New York Times

Precipitation forecast for Saskatchewan no match for drought: expert
May 19, 2021 - Global News
'Drought brewing': Saskatchewan farmers hope for rain   
May 19, 2021 - The StarPhoenix
'Extreme drought' is threatening parts of the Prairies, says Agriculture Canada
May 15, 2021 - CBC News

Scientists measure new depths at the bottom of the hydrologic cycle
May 10, 2021 - University of Saskatchewan
'Extreme' drought in parts of Sask.: Ag Canada
May 10, 2021 - CBC News


Recent Publications

Noyes, C., Kim, J., Person, M. et al. A geochemical and isotopic assessment of hydraulic connectivity of a stacked aquifer system in the Lisbon Valley, Utah (USA), and critical evaluation of environmental tracers. Hydrogeol J (2021).

DeBeer, C. M., Wheater, H. S., Pomeroy, J. W., Barr, A. G., Baltzer, J. L., Johnstone, J. F., Turetsky, M.R., Stewart, R.E., Hayashi, M., van der Kamp, G., Marshall, S., Campbell, E. Marsh, P., Carey, S.K., Quinton, W.L., Li, Y., Razavi, S., Berg, A., McDonnell, J.J., Spence, C., Helgason, W.D., Ireson, A.M., Black, T.A., Elshamy, M., Yassin, F., Davison, B., Howard, A., Theriault, J.M., Shook, K., Demuth, M.N. & Pietroniro, A. (2021). Summary and synthesis of Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN) research in the interior of western Canada–Part 2: Future change in cryosphere, vegetation, and hydrology. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 25(4), 1849-1882.

Langs, L. E., Petrone, R. M., & Pomeroy, J. W. (2021). Subalpine forest water use behaviour and evapotranspiration during two hydrologically contrasting growing seasons in the Canadian RockiesHydrological Processes35(5), e14158.

McDonnell, J. J., Gabrielli, C., Ameli, A., Ekanayake, J., Fenicia, F., Freer, J., Graham, C., McGlynn, B., Morgenstern, U., Pietroniro, A., Sayama, T., Seibert, T., Stewart, M., Vanche, K. Weiler, M. & Woods, R. (2021). The Maimai M8 experimental catchment database: Forty years of process‐based research on steep, wet hillslopesHydrological Processes, e14112.

Moustakis, Y., Papalexiou, S. M., Onof, C. J., & Paschalis, A. (2021). Seasonality, intensity, and duration of rainfall extremes change in a warmer climateEarth's Future9(3).

Whitfield, P. H., Kraaijenbrink, P. D., Shook, K. R., & Pomeroy, J. W. (2021). The Spatial Extent of Hydrological and Landscape Changes across the Mountains and Prairies of Canada in the Mackenzie and Nelson River Basins Based on Data from a Warm Season Time Window. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 1-77.

Job Opportunities

New - 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 - Snowpacs Post-doctoral Position
Northern Arizona University

New - 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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