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USASK Continues to Climb in Shanghai Rankings
The Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan has moved up in the 2021 Shanghai Rankings to #15 from #20 in 2020. 

Complete list of rankings
Improving Weather Simulations Through Increased Generality
GIWS Member Simon Papalexiou's research on advanced stochastic modelling featured on Research Spotlight at AGU’s Eos Magazine.

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USask PhD student seeks to better design agricultural drainage projects as farmers face more extreme precipitation

“Future climate projections suggest that we’re in for more extreme weather in the Prairies. That could mean more droughts and flooding in the future,” said Holly Annand, GIWS member and PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning in USask’s College of Arts and Science.

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Important Environmental Issues Tackled in New USask Courses

GIWS member, Dr. Kevin Ansdell, will be offering two new courses at the University of Saskatchewan this fall addressing environmental and sustainability issues of global importance.

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Two GIWS Researchers Publications Featured in Nature

The publications of GIWS Researchers Grant Ferguson and Lucia Scaff were featured in Nature in August. 

A staggering store of water is revealed in Earth’s crust

Grant Ferguson  et al
August 17, 2021

Stronger and More Drylines
Lucia Scaff et al
August 5, 2021


Contribute the Election Conversation

The Conversation Canada is looking to provide expanded coverage of the upcoming federal election.

We are interested in connecting with political scientists, but also other academics who can offer insights in areas that should be part of the federal campaign -- the environment, health, economics, reconciliation, energy and pandemic-related issues, to name just a few.

In addition to providing stories in advance of the election, The Conversation Canada wants to assemble a team of experts who would be available to write on very short notice to respond to breaking news from the campaign. We would like to line up academic experts in advance who could be ready to write when needed.

Please contact Politics Editor Lee-Anne Goodman ( with ideas or experts who could work with us on our election coverage.

Challenge Extended: GIWS 10 Year Research Image Challenge

Celebrating 10 Years, The Global Institute for Water Security is pleased to announce the Research Image Challenge. The contest will highlight and promote the incredible decade of water research through photographs, images & artwork.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to September 15, 2021.

Challenge Details


Geography 825: Process-Based Hydrological Modelling

Email Martyn Clark for more information.

Geography 827: Principles of Hydrology

The University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology with the assistance of the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences is offering an intensive course on the physical principles of hydrol-ogy with particular relevance to Canadian conditions. The course is led by Dr. John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources & Climate Change, and taught by Dr. Pomeroy and a team of subject-matter experts.

October 5 - November 4, 2021 
Online Tuesday & Thursday

Note: This Course plans to return to an in-person format in Fall 2022 

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Geography 836: New Ecohydrology

Email Cherie Westbrook for more information. 

Geography 849: Advanced Planning with Indigenous Communities

Email Robert Patrick for more information. 

Funding Opportunities

Application is open July 5 – October 11, 2021

Science communication (SciComm) to wider audiences is critical for building dialogue with communities around the world, informing sound policy, and inspiring the next generation of researchers. 

AGU is committed to supporting these efforts. We want to help fuel creative scicomm endeavors, and we know that often it takes just a little bit of money to launch far-reaching innovation. With that goal in mind, we will be offering grants (averaging $1,000 or less) to scientists around the world to encourage and jump-start outreach and engagement activities that will share science and its value with wider communities, from journalists to policymakers to students to members of the public.

Grants must be for activities/events that will begin before December 31, 2021.

More Information

Fulbright Canada grants support research with colleagues across the U.S. for a 4 to 9-month period. Applications are accepted through November 15th, 2021, and these opportunities are for a start date of September 2022 or January 2023.

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Conferences, Events, and Workshops

Global Water Futures Core Modelling Webinar
The Topical Webinar Series hosted by the Core Modelling and Forecasting Team of the Global Water Futures program is a weekly event from May to August. In constrast to thematic webinars, this series highlights science advances from across the globe and aims to spur critical discusssions that will improve our understanding and capability in modelling and managing cold-region hydrology.

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2021 Distinguished Lecture Series
September 15 - November 03, 2021

Full schedule and registration link coming soon. 

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September 30th: Orange Shirt Day

On Thursday, Sept. 30, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) community is encouraged to participate in Orange Shirt Day to help acknowledge and remember residential school survivors and their families. This year, Orange Shirt Day coincides with Canada’s first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

For a limited time, shirts for this event will be available for pre-order through the USask Bookstore to help affirm our commitment that Every Child Matters. Special thanks to local Indigenous artist Kevin Peeace who generously painted the original design for this year’s shirt. Proceeds from the sales of these shirts will be directed toward a Spring 2022 sequel to the Gathering for miyomahcihowin and the Saskatoon Residential School Survivors Circle*.


To order a shirt through the USask Bookstore, two options are available:


NOTE: USask Orange Shirt Day shirts will be available for pre-order until Monday, August 30 to ensure delivery before Sept. 30.

In the News

These techniques are helping Prairie farmers grow crops despite drought
August 24, 2021 - CBC News 
'A different mindset': Sask. farmers look to the future after months of drought
August 21, 2021 - Saskatoon StarPhoenix
A Crisis of Water & Power (w/ Dr. Jay Famiglietti)
August 18, 2021 - Thom Hartmann, Facebook
Prairie farmers struggle as drought set to become among worst in Canadian history

August 14, 2021 - CBC News Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan could be facing its worst drought on record
August 12, 2021 - 650 CKOM, Saskatoon
Canada gets serious about water woes. Will Indigenous voices be heard?

August 12, 2021 - The Christian Science Monitor 
New report paints sobering forecast for climate change
August 11, 2021 - Global TV, Morning Saskatoon 
Sask. farmers using trees, winter crops to combat climate change-driven heat
August 11, 2021 - CBC News Saskatoon
U of S wastewater study foreshadows a COVID-19 surge

August 10, 2021 - CKOM News
Latest U of S wastewater study shows continued spike in Saskatoon COVID-19 samples
August 10, 2021 - CBC News
Ag producers need to rethink methods because of drought, extreme heat, says U of S water expert
August 10, 2021 - CBC News
What would happen to farming in our province if the temperature increased by 3 to 5 degrees? University of Sask. researcher weighs in
August 10, 2021 - CBC News
U.N. climate change warning is 'most extreme' ever, Sask. expert says
August 9, 2021 - CTV News
Canada could see more fires, floods from climate change
August 9, 2021 - CBC Vancouver, The National
Wastewater analysis shows massive COVID-19 surge in Saskatchewan
August 4, 2021 - Global News
'Sink into the dry as dust soil': What historic droughts mean for today
July 31, 2021 - Saskatoon StarPhoenix
'Immediate action' needed as heat wave, drought affect farmers, ranchers
July 28, 2021 - Saskatoon StarPhoenix


Recent Publications

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

Mohammad Ghoreishi, Razi Sheikholeslami, Amin Elshorbagy, Saman Razavi, Kenneth Belcher, "Peering into agricultural rebound phenomenon using a global sensitivity analysis approach", Journal of Hydrology, Volume 602, 2021, 126739, Peering into Agricultural Rebound Phenomenon Using a Global Sensitivity Analysis Approach

He, Zhihua, John W. Pomeroy, Xing Fang, and Amber Peterson. "Sensitivity analysis of hydrological processes to perturbed climate in a southern boreal forest basin." Journal of Hydrology 601 (2021): 126706. Sensitivity analysis of hydrological processes to perturbed climate in a southern boreal forest basin

Tropea, B. and R.E. Stewart, 2021: "Assessing past and future hazardous freezing rain and wet snow events in Manitoba, Canada using a pseudo-global warming approach." Atmospheric Research.

Crawford, Sarah E., Markus Brinkmann, Jacob D. Ouellet, Frank Lehmkuhl, Klaus Reicherter, Jan Schwarzbauer, Piero Bellanova et al. "Remobilization of pollutants during extreme flood events poses severe risks to human and environmental health.Journal of Hazardous Materials 421 (2022): 126691. Remobilization of pollutants during extreme flood events poses severe risks to human and environmental health

Job Opportunities

New - Senior Lake Winnipeg Specialist  
Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

New - Research Associate, Economist - CIRA
Colorado State University
Applications deadline: September 7, 2021

New - Water Allocation Modeller
Government of Alberta

New -
Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist
Boulder, Colorado

New - Associate Scientist III - Marine Archaeologist
Silver Spring, Maryland

New - Project Scientist I/II
Boulder, Colorado

New - Associate Scientist II / III
Boulder, Colorado

New - Associate Scientist III
Silver Spring, Maryland

New - Associate Scientist II
Silver Spring, Maryland

Knowledge Mobilization Specialist
University of Saskatchewan,
Global Water Futures

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 Position: Developing model-based tools for the resilience of water resources
Australian National University

New - Postdoctoral Scientist
Michigan Technological University

New - 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

“Pan-Arctic Snow Research” that is now accepting submissions.

We welcome researching focusing on, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Address and study the change of seasonal snow cover in the Arctic and its possible effects on permafrost thermal regime, glacier mass balance and terrestrial ecosystems;
  • Address the effect of current climate change on the physical characteristics of the seasonal snowpack (i.e. melting refreezing, rain on snow) and possible consequences for fauna, flora and snowpack stability;
  • Address and study the processes that cause the deposition and presence of impurities, including anthropogenic contaminants, in seasonal snowpacks and their release during melting and the potential effect on ecosystems;
  • Address the diversity of microbial communities in the seasonal snowpack and how they are connected to other ecosystems, such as the atmosphere, ice and permafrost;
  • Technological improvements\developments for measuring key physical snow parameters to better understand the processes related to seasonal snowpack, including remote sensing, field and laboratory experiments;
  • Data sharing of relevant snow-cover-related datasets and integration between observations, obtained at different spatial resolutions and time scales, and model frameworks.

The abstract submission deadline is 30 November 2021.  For more information, visit here. 

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