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USask wastewater testing for COVID-19 sets the standard
Since the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in Saskatchewan, the GIWS researchers have been busy measuring concentrations of genetic material (RNA molecules) in wastewater. The virus is present in the feces of infected persons, even before they become symptomatic.

Because the analysis provides a cost-effective, efficient and integrative measure of infected persons in the sewer-shed, it can reliably project trends in a community approximately seven to 10 days sooner than by public clinical testing.

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GIWS Associate Director named fellow by distinguished American science organization

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Jeffrey McDonnell (PhD) has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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‘We take water for granted’: USask professor highlights human relationship with water through artwork
For the last several years, Shantz—a mixed-media artist and faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History in USask’s College of Arts and Science—has collaborated with USask scientists as she explores the human relationship with water.

One of Shantz’s USask collaborators is Dr. Graham Strickert (PhD), an assistant professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) and a member of the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS), who is interested in how art and science can intersect. In May 2017, Shantz and Strickert co-taught the interdisciplinary course ART 356.3: Becoming Water, which connected science with art to deepen students’ awareness of issues related to water. A key component of the course was a four-day residency at Cumberland House, where students met with Indigenous community members and Elders and worked on multimedia art projects.

A 15-minute documentary about the course, Becoming Water: Art and Science in Conversation, was later selected for screening in international film festivals. The video is now on view in the Moose Jaw gallery’s foyer area as part of Confluence.

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Palash Sanyal Honoured with Alumni Achievement Award
Palash Sanyal from the Global Institute for Water Security has received the "One to Watch" Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Saskatchewan. These awards recognize young alumni who are making significant contributions in society at large, setting an example for fellow and future alumni to follow.

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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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The latest IPCC report on climate change features contributions from GIWS members Corinne Schuster-Wallace and Margot Hurlbert. The report was release on February 28th and can be viewed in its entirety here
New Science Communication Micro-Credential Offered by SENS
A new micro-credential course in science communication is being offered by the School of Environment and Sustainability focuses on humanizing science, and the people who do it, this facilitated online course invites researchers to explore and develop the powerful stories that help audiences connect with their work. It pairs this human focus with practical tools for strategically, cost-effectively and professionally communicating with non-specialist audiences and the media.

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Scientists develop new coating to protect kidney failure patients on dialysis
Researchers from the Global Institute for Water Security, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon used the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at USask to help improve health outcomes for patients on dialysis.

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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
Nomination deadline: March 1st, 2022
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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 9:  Tasha Beeds: Walking With Water

On this episode of What About Water? we’re learning from traditional knowledge. Jay sits down with Tasha Beeds, a grassroots Indigenous academic and Water Walker. She takes us through the origins of Water Walking – an Indigenous ceremony recognizing and connecting with water. Beeds enters into ceremony for the water – discussing what it means to raise consciousness about water as a living entity.

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Season 3, Episode 8:  The Sea Also Rises

On this episode of What About Water? we take a look at the state of our rising seas from space, and learn what coastal communities on the ground are doing to adapt. Jay speaks with long-time colleague Steve Nerem, a Principal Investigator on NASA’s Sea Level Change team.

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Women + Water

The fourth event of the 2022 Women and Water Lecture Series focuses on Women and Rural Water Security Around the World.

Join host Gervin Apatinga Ph.D. Student, the University of Saskatchewan, with guest Euphrasie Hortense Kouassi Yao, Chair of UNESCO Water, Women and Decision Power, for this keynote lecture

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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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February is Black History Month
Black History Month at USask honours the legacy and contributions of members of the university’s Black community. It is a time to listen to and learn about the accomplishments and lived experiences of the Black community. Come together to engage with Black History Month at the University of Saskatchewan. For details on special keynote presentations, the Provost’s Book Club exploring Black experiences on the prairies, and a list of additional resources, visit here.


2022-2023 Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP)


Global Affairs Canada recently launched the 2022-2023 Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP).  This scholarship program provides students from post-secondary institutions located in Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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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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The Office of the Vice-President Research invites nominations for an award that recognizes faculty members, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and community partners who have engaged in public scholarship over the last five years that has produced outstanding social impact locally, nationally, or internationally.

The Publicly Engaged Scholarship Team Award is open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty members and/or members of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the university, their postdoctoral and graduate student researchers, and their collaborating and partnering communities. 

For further information, please review the Publicly Engaged Scholarship Team Award Nomination Process and Selection Criteria. 

Nomination Deadline: March 4, 2022

Conferences, Events, and Workshops

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
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

Making a Collective Splash B.C. Government Seeks Input on Watershed Security Strategy & Fund

On January 25th, the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy announced the province’s first Watershed Security Strategy and Fund, with an opportunity for public feedback on its development.

The provincial government’s Watershed Security Strategy and Fund Discussion Paper outlines various opportunities and outcomes, as well as strategic themes for safeguarding B.C.’s watersheds. As described in the discussion paper, the Strategy could facilitate a number of outcomes, including creating a Watershed Security Fund; supporting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples; supporting and enabling watershed governance; and achieving healthy waters for everyone.


POLIS is collaborating with the University of Victoria Sustainability Project, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, and the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians on the youth-led digital art zine, ‘Ripples 2022’. It will feature youth artwork, photography, poetry, and prose celebrating World Water Day. The intent of this project is to celebrate a shared love of and connection to water, all created by youth and kids between the ages of 5 and 25. 

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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.


New Course in Science Communication
We are excited to announce the first micro-credential offered through the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. This course is well suited for working professionals from private, public, and non-profit sectors who seek to improve their practices of communicating with researchers/colleagues, community members, government agents, private company representatives.

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Images of Research Photo Competition  

USask students, staff, faculty, and alumni – enter the eighth annual USask Images of Research competition! Submit entries in one of five categories: cash prizes in each, plus for overall Best Description and Viewer’s Choice. Grand prize: $500. Submit Mar. 1 to Mar.16. 

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In the News

Groundwater — not ice sheets — is the largest source of water on land and most of it is ancient
January 19th, 2022 - The Conversation

Climate disasters and warming heighten urgency of city's water conservation efforts

January 9th, 2022 - The Calgary Herald
Scientist sounds water crisis alarm
January 6th, 2022 - The Western Producer



Recent Publications

Nath, B. Deb, C. J. Schuster-Wallace, and S. E. Dickson-Anderson. "Headwater-to-consumer Drinking Water Security Assessment Framework and Associated Indicators for Small Communities in High-income Countries." Water Resources Management (2022): 1-30.

Kabir Rasouli, John W. Pomeroy, Paul H. Whitfield, The sensitivity of snow hydrology to changes in air temperature and precipitation in three North American headwater basins, Journal of Hydrology, Volume 606, 2022, 127460, ISSN 0022-1694,

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.


Job Opportunities

New - 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 - Postdoctoral Fellow - Integrated Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling
University of Saskatchewan

New -  
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

Of Interest

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The University Staff Excellence Award recognizes staff members who have achieved excellence while demonstrating dedication and commitment to the university’s Mission, Vision and Values and support of the University Plan 2025.

The staff member must be a current employee as of April 30 of the year of the nomination.

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