Global Institute

for Water Security

Our Research

Learn how the Global Institute for Water Security is developing the tools and research necessary to help protect our most precious natural resource - water.

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USask has developed one of the strongest interdisciplinary water research communities in the world - come work, study and learn with us!

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GIWS Students

GIWS Students group organize events centered on various water themes to encourage collaboration, leadership, research, and networking.

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Let's Talk About Water

Let's Talk About Water (LTAW) is an environmental initiative which was started by film researcher Linda Lilienfeld as a film festival to draw attention to water issues around the globe. With the help of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) and the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS), it has evolved into the symbol for a number of water-related awareness projects, including a film prize and a podcast!


Canada 150 Research Chair

GIWS is led by Executive Director Jay Famiglietti, Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing, a researcher dedicated to enhancing our reputation as a global centre for science and innovation excellence

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.





Where to find us

Contact Information

11 Innovation Blvd
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 3H5
Phone: (306) 966-2021





How fast is fast?

At USask, it's the speed at which we're investigating the future of water. That's why we're ranked #1 in water resources research in Canada.

Losing Our Cold

Watch a short documentary on major scientific outcomes from one of GIWS's research programs, the Changing Cold Regions Network.