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🦠GIWS and COVID-19

As close monitoring of COVID-19 continues, GIWS is working closely with USask and our home departments to keep you informed on best practices and recommendations. Please visit for the latest updates and policies from USask. For updates on GIWS related topics, please visit the link below.

GIWS Updates on COVID-19


New USask app tracks causes of algae bloom

A new USask smartphone app will help farmers and communities identify hotspots of nutrient contamination in freshwaters and possibly predict where algae blooms—slimy plant-like green organisms that hinder water quality—are likely to grow.
Read more

H2O: The Molecule That Made Us

Tune in to PBS film H2O: The Molecule That Made Us on PBS Detroit in Saskatoon (and other major cities across Canada)!
GIWS Executive Director, Jay Famiglietti, will be featured in Episode 3: Crisis -
airing on May 6th.
H2O: The Molecule That Made Us

A Canada Water Agency is the first step to modernizing water management

Its creation is part of a deeper renewal of the Canada Water Act, which is critical to climate change, Indigenous reconciliation and governance.

Authors: Oliver M. Brandes, Merrell-Ann Phare, and John W. Pomeroy
Read Article on Policy Options

Related: National Water Policy Panel Discussion happening on May 13, 2020

Amid coronavirus pandemic, some B.C. communities brace for flooding as well

Communities right across the country, from New Brunswick to B.C., are facing the possibility of two public crises at once this spring.
"The only thing worse than a pandemic is a pandemic and a flood." - John Pomeroy

The Narwhal Article

GIWS Members Win Images of Research Competition

Congratulations to our very own Lorne Doig and Mark Ferguson for their winning images in the USask Research in Images competition! 


A Distributary Runs Through It
Grand Prize
By: Lorne Doig, Research Scientist at the Toxicology Centre
Aerial Assists
From the Field, winner
By: Mark Ferguson, Communications Specialist with GIWS
See all winners

Let's Talk About Water - International Water Film Prize

Let's Talk About Water is still accepting submissions for the
International and Youth Film Prizes!
The submission deadline has been extended to May 29, 2020. 

We are planning to continue with the Let's Talk About Water Film Festival, and in lieu of hosting our scheduled in-person festival this summer, we are creating a Virtual Theatre – an entirely online experience – to share and watch some of the greatest films about water ever made.
Stay tuned for more details on the website!
LTAW Website

Special Issue in Molecules

GIWS member Prof. Lee Wilson with the Department of Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan is the special issue editor for "Environmental Applications of Polymers" in the MDPI journal Molecules.
Submission deadline: August 31, 2020
Molecules Special Issue

Finding Water: Healthy Land, Healthy Stream

Finding Water is a thoughtful film released by the Livingstone Landowners Group for World Water Day 2020. GIWS member Dr. Cherie Westbrook guest appears to talk about the importance of beaver in slowing water flow through mountain streams.
Watch on YouTube

Recent Publications

Asong, Z.E., Elshamy, M.E., Princz, D., Wheater, H.S., Pomeroy, J.W., Pietroniro, A. & Cannon, A. (2020) High-resolution meteorological forcing data for hydrological modelling and climate impact analysis in the Mackenzie River Basin, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 629-645.

Das, A., Rokaya, P., & Lindenschmidt, K.E. (2020) Ice-Jam Flood Risk Assessment and Hazard Mapping under Future Climate, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 146 (6).

DeBeer, Chris M., Sharp, Martin., Schuster-Wallace, Corinne. (in press). Glaciers and Ice Sheets. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (planned for publication in the Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes edited by Michael Goldstein and Dominik DellaSala) Elsevier, doi:

Liu, J., Elliott, J. A., Wilson, H. F., & Baulch, H. M. (2019). Impacts of soil phosphorus drawdown on snowmelt and rainfall runoff water quality. Journal of environmental quality48(4), 803-812. doi:10.2134/jeq2018.12.0437

Lv, Z., & Pomeroy, J. W. Assimilating snow observations to snow interception process simulationsHydrological Processes

Mekis, E., R.E. Stewart, J.M. Theriault, B. Kochtubajda, B.R. Bonsal and Z. Liu, 2020: Near 0°C surface temperature and precipitation type patterns across Canada. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1741–1761,

Patrick, R. J., Grant, K., & Bharadwaj, L. (2019). Reclaiming Indigenous Planning as a Pathway to Local Water SecurityWater11(5), 936.

Virtual Events

KM Webinar Series

KM Webinar Information and Registration

National Water Policy Panel Discussion

May 13, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 PM EDT
(11:00 -12:30 CST)

Join Global Water Futures (GWF) for a virtual panel discussion featuring Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, Terry Duguid, MP, on how a Canada Water Agency can deliver water security for Canadians. Chaired by Tom Axworthy of Massey College, you will hear from experts in water science and governance and guests from provincial, municipal and Indigenous perspectives, examining Canadian water issues and the science, policy, and the collaborative responses needed to tackle the emerging water-climate crisis. 

More details and registration will follow soon, but save the date today!
National Water Policy Panel Event Page

Upcoming Courses and Workshops


May 11-15, 2020
Course is still being offered virtually!
Registration open!

Isotope Course Website

New Tentative Dates!
October 17-28, 2020
Barrier Lake Field Station
Registration opening in coming months.

PBHM Website
July 12 - 17 | Colombella (Perugia, Italy)
Application deadline: April 30, 2020
Summer School Website

November 4-6, 2020
Heidelberg, Germany

Abstract deadline: August 3, 2020
Registration deadline: September 7, 2020
Workshop Pamphlet

Of Interest

EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in Canadian Universities during the COVID19 Crisis

The University of Saskatchewan is inviting members (faculty, staff, and students) to take part in an anonymous survey entitled EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in Canadian Universities during the COVID19 Crisis. If you have experienced or observed what you believe to be bias or discrimination based on your or another’s identity (ie. sex, gender, race, disability, power position, etc), please consider documenting it in this survey. We are also looking for positive, inclusive practices that have occurred. Gathering this information is important so we can communicate where inequities lie, promote inclusive practices, and be better prepared for future situations. By sharing our aggregated findings in a report, institutions can be better prepared to offer support to populations experiencing discrimination and intervening if possible.

Please note: at this time only USask members are invited to participate. We plan to invite members from other Canadian institutions once ethical approval has been obtained.
Please contact or for questions.
Link to Survey

TEDEd Earth School

TEDEd is embarking on a month of daily adventures – or Quests – that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet. Now more than ever, we need to protect, nurture and care for Earth – so join TEDEd to learn something amazing every weekday between Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th). Within each lesson, you’ll find fascinating resources compiled by Earth experts and ideas for getting involved in ways that count.
Earth School Website

Funding and award opportunities

🆕 University of Saskatchewan Publication Fund


The Publications Fund offers modest support towards scholarly and creative works published by University of Saskatchewan faculty. A faculty member can submit one request in either of the following categories:

•        up to $1,500 to assist in Publishing costs;

•        up to $1,500 for a formal Book Publication Subvention; or

•        up to $1,500 for Other Scholarly and Artistic Works as defined in the guidelines.

For more information, including eligibility and application forms, visit

🆕 Mitacs Globalink Research Internship


The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) is now accepting faculty submissions for summer 2021. GRI pairs faculty in Canada with international undergrads for 12-week research projects from May to October.
The Globalink program builds international networks and experiences, and positions Canada as a top destination for innovation and research among students from abroad.

  • All disciplines are eligible
  • Top-ranked senior undergrads travel from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Mexico, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and USA
  • Faculty can submit multiple projects and re-submit projects from previous years
Submit projects by June 10, 2020, at 1 p.m. PT.

For information and support, please contact Dr. Zsuzsa Papp at and the USask international research facilitation team at
Program link:

Fullbright Arctic Initiative

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative has opened a call for applications for its Visiting Scholar Program. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative brings together professionals, practitioners, and researchers from across the Arctic region to address key research and policy questions related to fostering a secure and sustainable Arctic. Working within and across disciplines, Fulbright Arctic Scholars translate theory into practice to address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges and opportunities. 
·  Conditions: USD $40,000 for 18 months
·  Application Deadline: May 11, 2020
·  Eligibility details are 
available here
·  Application platform can be accessed here
Program activities will run from Fall 2020 to Spring 2022.  

NSERC announces funding for science communications skills

NSERC is launching a pilot funding opportunity to enhance the communications skills of students and researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. Such skills will contribute to science literacy, help counter science-related misinformation, and foster a role for science in evidence-based decision making.

The new pilot program,
Science Communication Skills grant (pilot), is targeted at organizations that provide science communication skills training to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students, fellows, and faculty from Canadian post-secondary institutions. The training should have as its goal the effective communication of science to the general public. Organizations may request up to $20,000 in funding for a one year period.

NSERC encourages organizations to consider the needs of official language minority communities in their area while developing their proposed  activities and to have official documentation and promotional material in both official languages.

Applications must be submitted by May 15.

Program contact:
Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship Funding 
  • Master’s students can complete an 18-month project (minimum $30,000 stipend)
  • PhD students can complete a three-year project (minimum $72,000 stipend)
Along with their research experience with an industry or not-for-profit partner, participating students receive training that helps them ensure the success of their projects and further their careers.
Apply now
NSERC Connect Grants 
Effective Feb. 1, Connect Grants have been revised to broaden the scope eligible activities. 
Find out more 
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute grants and funding opportunities  
Find out more

Job opportunities

🆕Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Remote Sensing of Snow Hydrology
University of Saskatchewan
Applications close May 26
Find out more
Researcher - Satellite Data Analysis and Assimilation
Cooperative Institute for Climate & Satellites – Maryland
Applications close May 29
Find out more
Professor of Empire Innovation in High Resolution Atmospheric Modeling
University at Albany, State University of New York, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC)
Find out more
Jarislowsky Chair in Sustainable Water Futures
Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Chemistry and Biogeochemistry
Find out more
Ducks Unlimited Canada Chair: Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation
University of Saskatchewan
Application review starts March 2, 2020

Find out more
2 Research Scientist Positions with Global Water Futures water modelling team
University of Saskatchewan
Assistant Professor, Integrated Hydrologic Systems Modelling (Tenure-Track) 
University of Delaware 
Application reviews begin Nov. 15, 2019 

Find out more
Assistant Professor, Hydrology and Surface Processes 
Baylor University Department of Geosciences 
Application reviews begin Nov. 1, 2019 

Find out more

Student and postdoc opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Tropical Convective Processes and Variability over West Africa
University of Oklahoma, School of Meteorology

Apply Now (deadline April 30)

Postdoctoral Fellow (or Research Associate) - Hydrological Modelling of Prairie Drainage Basins
University of Saskatchewan

Apply Now

13 new water modelling opportunities with Global Water Futures
  • Postdoctoral scholars in Planetary Water Prediction (8 positions)
  • Postdoctoral scholar in convection-permitting climate modelling (1 position)
  • PhD students in computational hydrology (4 positions)
Apply Now

2 MES opportunities in Interdisciplinary Nutrient Monitoring and Management, University of Saskatchewan
Apply Now
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