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COVID-19 Early Indicators: Wastewater Surveillance for SARS-COV-2 Virus Particles

Click below for up-to-date results and insights from the wastewater COVID-19 early indicators study.

COVID-19 Early Indicators

2022 Distinguished Lecture Series

The Global Institute for Water Security and Global Water Futures are proud to present a weekly virtual seminar series featuring top water experts from around the world. These lectures are free and open to all.

September 14 - November 2, 2022
Wednesdays 10-11 AM
In-Person and Online

Distinguished Lecture Series

What About Water?

What About Water? (formerly known as Let's Talk About Water) aims to empower people and communities to connect water science with the stories that bring about solutions, adaptation, and actions for the world's water realities. Communicating about climate change can be difficult. By leveraging the power of storytelling with water science, our What About Water? programs offer conversations, films, and digital resources that inspire action and make complex information more accessible.

What About Water?

Women + Water

The Women + Water lecture series is a unique lecture series that aims to explore water-related challenges, roles of women in water, gendered water-related impacts, and challenges and opportunities facing women in water research. The series showcases research, supports young professionals and provides a space for dialogue and networking. Women + Water in an inclusive community and all are welcomed to attend.

Women + Water

Master of Water Security

The Master of Water Security (MWS) is a 24-month interdisciplinary project-based program that focuses on a holistic approach to water security. 

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Global Water Futures

Led by the Global Institute for Water Security, Global Water Futures is the largest and most cited freshwater research program in the world. The program will provide governments, businesses and communities with the risk management tools they need to tackle threats to Canada's water supply and quality.

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The Conversation Canada

conversation-logo.jpg Curated by professionals, the Conversation Canada is an independent source of news and views delivered directly to the public. The articles below are authored by faculty and students, involved in the Global Water Futures community.

Ripple effect: As global freshwater basins dry up, the threat to ecosystems and communities grows

Xander Huggins - University of Victoria

When people use freshwater beyond a physically sustainable rate, it sets off a cascade of impacts on ecosystems, people and the planet. These impacts include groundwater wells running dry, fish populations becoming stranded before they are able to spawn and protected wetland ecosystems turning into dry landscapes.

Groundwater — not ice sheets — is the largest source of water on land and most of it is ancient

Grant Ferguson - University of Saskatchewan
Jennifer C. McIntosh - University of Arizona

Outside of the world’s oceans, groundwater is one of the largest stores of water on Earth. While it might appear that the planet is covered in vast lakes and river systems, they make up only 0.01 per cent of the Earth’s water. In fact, we now know there is 100 times as much groundwater on this planet as there is freshwater on its surface.

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