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!


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. 

Course delivery online for 2020-21 academic year.

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.




Please Note: in response to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, a number of GIWS events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please click here to view our most current updates regarding GIWS events amid COVID-19.



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.

Buried in mud: Wildfires threaten North American water supplies

François-Nicolas Robinne - University of Alberta, Dennis W. Hallema - North Carolina State University, and Kevin D. Bladon - Oregon State University

As rain offers a welcome relief to fire-scorched Australia, concerns over flash floods and freshwater contamination cast a shadow on the joy. Already, massive fish kills have been reported due to heavy ash and sediment in local stream.

Climate change, pollution and urbanization threaten water in Canada

Corinne Schuster-WallaceUniversity of SaskatchewanRobert SandfordUnited Nations University, and Stephanie MerrillUniversity of Saskatchewan

Our water resources are under threat from contamination, land use, urbanization and climate change. If we’re not careful, it may not be clean enough or available when we need it.