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USask researchers awarded over $5 million in NSERC Discovery Grants
GIWS Member Christy Morrisey among group of Usask researchers awarded nearly $5.7 million from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants Program to support 32 wide-ranging projects.

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'Major Issue in Climate Change': New Modelling Predicts the Nature of Extreme Rainstorms in the U.S. is Changing

Modelling created by GIWS Member Dr. Simon Papalexiou predicts If no changes are made to the rate of global greenhouse gas emissions, storms that used to occur every 20 years on average will instead occur every seven by the end of the century.

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GIWS Members Contribute Chapter to National Issues Report
Global Institute for Water Security members Hayley Carlson and Alain Pietroniro were the coordinating lead authors for the Water Resources chapter in Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report. Led by Natural Resources Canada, this report provides a national perspective on how climate change is impacting our communities, environment and economy, and how we are adapting.

USask Professors Aim to Help Saskatchewan Kids
Notice Nature this Summer
GIWS member Dr. Graham Strickert, collaborates with Dr, Erika Dyck on a new initiative that encourages children and youth to go outside and learn more about the natural world around them.

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NSERC CREATE for Water Security leaves lasting impact
As a unique water security training program wraps up at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the program’s leaders, Dr. Cherie Westbrook and Caroline Aubry-Wake, look back on the past six years as an overwhelming success.

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Managing Water Supply in Changing Times
People used to think the availability of water from sources like rivers and groundwater would always be reliable, but that’s no longer the case, and that change is happening rapidly. GIWS Executive Director Jay Famiglietti  notes that Canada is warming at twice the global rate, the Prairies at three times the global rate and northern Canada at four times the global rate.

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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.

Submisstions due August 30, 2021.

Challenge Details
GIWS Researcher Receives Long Term Service Award from
International Association of Hydrogeologists
Grant Ferguson, Professor of Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, has been recognized for his long-standing involvement with the International Association of Hydrogeologist – Canadian National Chapter by being awarded the Long Term Service Award.

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GIWS Researcher Receives CSSS Fellowship
Dr. Bing Si has been awarded a 2021 Fellowship from the Canadian Society of Soil Science. He is a member of the Global Institute for Water Security and a Professor in the Department of Soil Sience, College of Agriculture and Bioresrouces, University of Saskatchewan.

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Let's Talk About Water
Last week, the Global Institute for Water Security celebrated the end of our season at the Let's Talk About Water Film Prize Awards! 

This year there were over 200 films submitted from nearly 50 countries.  Please join us in congratulating the 15 winners across the International and Youth prize categories.

Miss the big show? Watch the recorded event here.

Upcoming Webinars, Lectures & Events

GIWS members are convening three sessions at #AGU21. If your research aligns, please consider submitting to these sessions! There are options to present virtually or in person (pending alignment with USask travel restrictions) – learn more about submitting an abstract to #AGU21 here.
H040 - Conflict, migration and social justice: Integrating social science and hydrologic datasets to understand the dynamics of human-water interactions
Conveners: Li Xu (University of Saskatchewan), Xin Lu (Flowminder; Karolinska Institute) & Jay Famiglietti (University of Saskatchewan)
H045 - Diagnostics, Sensitivity, and Uncertainty Analysis of Earth and Environmental Models
Conveners: Juliane Mai (University of Waterloo), Lucy Marshall (University of New South Wales), Mary Hill (University of Kansans) & Saman Razavi (University of Saskatchewan
H066 - Introducing the paradigm of Critical Zone science to Agrohydrology
Conveners: Ying Zhao (Ludong University), Yanping Li (University of Saskatchewan), Li Guo (Sichuan University) & Jian Liu (University of Saskatchewan)

CRIPE Workshop on River Ice
August 29 -
September 1

Saskatoon, SK

This year both in-person and online options are being considered. Please stay tuned to the website (below) for more details. 

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Of Interest

A core group of Water Walkers are currently walking 1900 kms in Ceremony for the Saskatchewan River. nêhiyaw/Metis/Mide Kwe Tasha Beeds mentored under the late Josephine-Ba Mandamin will be the lead Walker. They move for the Water; for Life; for the children.

The GIWS is proud to support the Water Walkers. 

Learn more about the walk and ways to get involved

Conflict, migration and social justice:  Integrating social science and hydrologic datasets to understand the dynamics of human-water interactions.

Deadline: August 4, 2021

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Water Security to Promote Gender Equity and
Climate-Change Resilience in West Africa


 The University of Saskatchewan (UofS) has acquired funding to support 8 West African and 2 Canadian Early Career Researcher (ECR) / Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) / PhD scholars (at dissertation stage) for an interdisciplinary exchange program between Canada, Ghana, and Senegal.

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“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. 

In the News

Retired professor road tripping across Sask. to gather soil samples, find art inspiration
July 7, 2021 - CBC News
Wastewater-Based Epidemiology

June 28, 2021 - Water Canada
Buffalo Pound water treatment plant to get $222-million overhaul
June 8, 2021 - CBC News


Recent Publications

Tang, Guoqiang, Martyn P. Clark, Simon Michael Papalexiou, Andrew J. Newman, Andrew W. Wood, Dominique Brunet, and Paul H. Whitfield. "EMDNA: Ensemble Meteorological Dataset for North America." Earth System Science Data Discussions(2020): 1-41.

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).

Ahmed, Mohamed I., Amin Elshorbagy, Alain Pietroniro, and Daniel Princz. "Improving the Representation of the Non-Contributing Area Dynamics in Land Surface Models for Better Simulation of Prairie Hydrology." Journal of Hydrology (2021): 126562.

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 - 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 - Two PhD Positions: Hydrology-Carbon interactions in thawing Permafrost
University of Saskatchewan

New - 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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