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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Research Image Challenge

Celebrating 10 Years, the GIWS is hosting a contest to highlight and promote the incredible decade of water research through photographs, images & artwork. You could win up to $300!



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!


Master of Water Security

The Master of Water Security (MWS) is a 12-month interdisciplinary project-based program that focuses on a holistic approach to water security. 

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.






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.

The Conversation Canada


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.

Extreme precipitation events have always occurred, but are they changing?

Francis Zwiers - University of Victoria, Ronald Stewart - University of Manitoba

Extreme weather and climate events causing extensive damage are a fact of the Canadian climate, and this year is no exception.

Northern fish are tough, but climate change is causing some to dwindle

Alyssa MurdochYork UniversityChrystal Mantyka-PringleUniversity of Saskatchewan, and Sapna SharmaYork University

The survival tools these fish have used for millennia — exceptional tolerance to cold, slow growth rates and long lifespans — could be a disadvantage as environmental conditions in the north warm and more fast-paced species move in.