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World Water Day 2021 

World Water Day Forum - Valuing Water
Join us for Let's Talk About Water Global Forum — a free online conversation moderated by Jay Famiglietti in celebration of #WorldWaterDay.

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World Water Day From Canmore, Alberta
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The Future of Canada Water Agency

In anticipation of the upcoming major transformation of water law and governance in Canada,
this first jointly organized conference is a unique opportunity to discuss the existing obstacles and opportunities surrounding the creation of this federal agency. Four themes will be discussed: the legal considerations of Canadian water governance, international experiences in water governance, and sectoral approaches to the protection of water resources.

In celebration of World Water Day on March 22nd, and its theme Diversity Around Water,
we hope this conference will be inspired by the interdisciplinary nature of the issues at stake and the multiplicity of perspectives it generates.  More Information



USask model for predicting mountain snowpack provides clearer picture of spring runoff, impacts of climate change
After decades of research, a new model was developed by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers that for the first time successfully predicted mountain snowpack with a high degree of accuracy and detail—information of critical importance for water management, agriculture, mining, recreation, and flood forecasting worldwide. Snow cover in the mountains is the principal driver of spring runoff.  Full Article

Our Water
GIWS Featured in National Post Water Campaign
How Canada’s Top Water Research Institute is Advancing Water Security Solutions at Home and Around the World
GIWS is dedicated to protecting our precious freshwater resources that we need for the world’s growing demand for sustainable food production, mitigating the risk of water-related disasters such as floods, droughts, and fires, predicting and forecasting extremes of global change through the use of advanced remote sensing and modelling techniques, and co-creating traditional knowledge with western science towards empowered Indigenous communities in protecting water health.  Full Article

Let's Talk About Water
Towards a Greener, Better World with Jeffrey Sachs: A New Mindset for a New Millenium

World-renowned economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs believes humanity can leap forward with science and technology – but only if we drop our primeval addiction to war and conflict. We can create new vaccines in less than a year or measure water below ground using satellites in spaces, but political institutions are still locked in a 50,000-year-old "Us vs. Them" mindset that prevents global cooperation and advancement. With a broader, more inclusive worldview, Dr. Sachs says, we can create a more sustainable planet.  >> 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

Let’s Talk About Water is soliciting short films—up to two minutes—that inform, educate, inspire and motivate people to come together and embrace our ubiquitous need to value water and to share compelling narratives about water issues and solutions

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Starting March 22 in the Let's Talk About Water Virtual Theatre, you can watch Brave Blue World (2020). From reuse to energy generation, new innovations across five continents are explored in this documentary about building a future for sustainable water.

Film Festival Website
International Travel Grants: Internal Call for Proposals

As part of the University of Saskatchewan International Blueprint for Action 2025, the International Office announces the 2021 International Travel Grants: Internal Call for Proposals. 

There are four funding programs:

1. Global Ambassador Program (Incoming) – supports incoming international experts and faculty to the USask aligned with USask’s existing or emerging areas of strength - valued up to $5,000.

2. Global Ambassador Program (Outgoing) – supports faculty and staff to travel to international universities and/or facilities aligned with USask’s existing or emerging areas of strength - valued up to $5,000. 

3. Internationalization Fund – supports faculty and staff to increase the ability and confidence to initiate, build and support international and intercultural engagement and activities - valued up to $2,500

4. International Travel Fund –supports faculty and staff to participate in international partnership and capacity building toward the university’s collective global citizenship and international community service engagement – valued up to $2,500

Please see attached each Call for Proposal regarding specific conditions, eligibilities, selection criteria, and application form.  


Application Deadline: April 2, 2021 by 4:00 pm CST

Deep Learning and Hydrology:
Dr. Saman Razavi at National University of Colombia

This talk provides a history of deep learning in hydrology and beyond, an overview of its fundamental concepts, and a perspective on its bridgeability to process-based (knowledge-based) modelling. 

Watch it Here

Watch the Recorded Sessions of the 2021 PAW Conference

This year, the PAW conference celebrated record attendance thanks to participation from more than 270 people joining online from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Ghana, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, United States of America, Vietnam, and more! Thank you so much for supporting this important annual event and for championing the UN 2030 Agenda!  

To view the recordings of all PAW 2021 thematic sessions, keynote speakers, and other live presentations , please visit here


Upcoming Webinars, Lectures & Events

Women+Water Lecture Series
Lecture 4: Women in the Field

Stephanie Pow
(Environment Canada and Climate Change)

Lorelei Ford
(Saskatchewan Water Security Agency)

Lindsey Langs
(Centre for Hydrology)

April 8, 2021

11:30 am MST | 12:30 pm CST 
1:30 pm EST

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Regional Freshwater Forum - Prairies

Please join catchment science researchers and CUAHSI each Wednesday at 1:00 pm ET from February 10 – March 31 for a webinar series on experimental catchment research at sites across the globe.

This series will feature short- and longer-format talks and discussions on research catchments, and their value to science and society. Please attend and share your ideas on cross-site syntheses! 

Submit questions for the panelists here.

March 10, 2021
 Low to No Snow Temperate Catchments

March 17, 2021
Forest Management and Environmental Disturbance: Lessons Learned from Harvest and Afforestation

March 24, 2021
Agricultural and Urban Catchments

March 31, 2021
Conclusions and Synthesis. Group discussion on cross-site syntheses and enhancing the value and impact of catchment research.

Follow CUAHSI on twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest webinar topics!

Free Science Communications Course
April 22nd - 24th

Science communicators from around the world have come together to help you level up your science writing and presentation skills with a dose of creativity. This 2.5 day intensive is built on the best of the legendary, Banff Science Communications Program.

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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>>

EGU General Assembly 2021

April 19-30 Online

The authors of the 13,799 abstracts received their letter of schedule on 3 March. Engage in vEGU21, have a look at the meeting programme, discover almost 800 sessions, and get inspired from the contributions of your colleagues. Read the summary on everything you need to know about the vEGU21 schedule. We also suggest that you take advantage of the reduced fees for early registrations.

more information>>

CMOS | SCMO Events

Meteorology - A Virtual Career and Networking Seminar

May 11, 2021


The CMOS Students Committee is very proud to present a virtual career & networking seminar this spring! This two hour seminar will provide you with the chance to interact and ask your questions with some of the most revered in the field! Don't miss it!

Please follow the registration link embedded in the seminar announcement to register and receive the Zoom access link. 

Registration link

Climate Change Risk Resilience Response

31 May - 11 June

Congress 2021 will celebrate 150 Years of Weather Services in Canada through Symposium events being organized by MSC/ECCC with the Congress.

Details & Registration

In the News

How Sask. researchers cracked the code of predicting Rocky Mountain snowpack

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - CTV News

Shrinking ice caps and glaciers could create water crisis, study finds
January 28, 2021 - CBC News

What Canada’s melting glaciers tell USask researchers
January 8, 2021 - USask Research Profile and Impact

Wastewater testing for COVID-19 virus reaches its 'full potential' in N.W.T.
December 10, 2020 - CBC News

PCs ram through budget bill, sending environmental protections back to the days of Mike Harris
December 10, 2020 - The Pointer


Recent Publications

Ghoreishi, Mohammad, Saman Razavi, and Amin Elshorbagy. "Understanding Human Adaptation to Drought: Agent-Based Agricultural Water Demand Modeling in the Bow River Basin, Canada." Hydrological Sciences Journal (2021).

Brinkmann, M., Ouellet, J. D., Zennegg, M., Buchinger, S., Reifferscheid, G., & Hollert, H. (2020). Combined sediment desorption and bioconcentration model to predict levels of dioxin-like chemicals in fish. Science of The Total Environment, 143891.

Das, A., Lindenschmidt, K. E. (2021). Evaluation of the implications of ice‐jam flood mitigation measures. Journal of Flood Risk Management.

Essery, R., Kim, H., Wang, L., Bartlett, P., Boone, A., Brutel-Vuilmet, C., Burke, E., Cuntz, M., Decharme, B., Dutra, E., Fang, X., Gusev, Y., Hagemann, S., Haverd, V., Kontu, A., Krinner, G., Lafaysse, M., Lejeune, Y., Marke, T., Marks, D., Marty, C., Menard, C. B., Nasonova, O., Nitta, T., Pomeroy, J., Schädler, G., Semenov, V., Smirnova, T., Swenson, S., Turkov, D., Wever, N., and Yuan, H. (2020) Snow cover duration trends observed at sites and predicted by multiple models, The Cryosphere, 14, 4687–4698,, 2020

Menard, C. B., Essery, R., Krinner, G., Arduini, G., Bartlett, P., Boone, A., ... & Yuan, H. (2020). Scientific and human errors in a snow model intercomparison. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 1-46.

Minnes, S., Gaspard, V., Loring, P. A., Baulch, H., & Breen, S. P. (2020). Transforming conflict over natural resources: a socio-ecological systems analysis of agricultural drainage. FACETS

Shook, K., Papalexiou, S., & Pomeroy, J. W. Quantifying the effects of Prairie depressional storage complexes on drainage basin connectivityJournal of Hydrology593, 125846.

Williams, B. S., Das, A., Johnston, P., Luo, B., & Lindenschmidt, K. E. (2020). Measuring the skill of an operational ice jam flood forecasting system. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 102001.

Williams, B., Das, A., Luo, B., & Lindenschmidt, K. E. (2020). An ice jam flood hazard assessment of a lowland river and its terminus inland deltaNatural Hazards, 1-19.
Of Interest
Making Home Cooking Budget-Friendly

Covid-19 has meant that most people are cooking and eating more frequently at home, which can be great for both health and the environment. Learn more about making home cooking budget-friendly on March 11 at this USask event for faculty and staff on Healthy Eating on a Budget.

Sign up today and join us on March 11 at 9 am


Funding, Scholarship & Conference Opportunities

CMOS - Weather Research House NSERC Scholarship Supplement

This scholarship is awarded to a student in atmospheric or ocean sciences who has succeeded in winning an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship or an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. The initial award is $5,000 and is renewable for a second year provided the student continues to hold the NSERC postgraduate scholarship. Deadline: April 20, 2021

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Job Opportunities

New!  Project Manager for Prairie Water 
Global Water Futures
University of Saskatchewan

New! Environmental Adaptation
Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on March 15, 2021. The search will continue until the position is filled.

New! Catchment Science and Engineering 
Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on March 15, 2021. The search will continue until the position is filled.

New! Environmental Resource Biorecovery
Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on April 1, 2021. The search will continue until the position is filled.

New!  Intermediate Hydrologist
Canada North Environmental Services (CanNorth)

Application deadline: March 26th, 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! Post-doctoral positions in Hydrology, Agriculture and Land Observation (HALO)
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

New!  Post-Doctoral Researcher
The Canadian Rivers Institute (UNB Fredericton)
Deadline to Apply:  April 9, 2021

New!  Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Queens University
Deadline to Apply:  April 9, 2021

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)
Full or part-time work opportunities
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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