The Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is the top water resources research institute in Canada and one of the most advanced hydrology research centres in the world. GIWS is dedicated to helping protect our precious freshwater resources needed 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 to empower Indigenous communities in protecting water health.

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Women Plus Water 2024 Lecture 3

Women Plus Water Lecture Series

Leveraging Water for Peace

In honour of World Water Day (March 22), please join host Dr. Isabela Battistello Espindola and guests Commissioner Adriana Reséndez Maldonado and Dr. Zodwa Dlamini for a conversation on water diplomacy and management around the world.

Thursday, March 14, 2024
12:30-1:30 pm CST
Online (Zoom)

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World Water Day @ USask

World Water Day @ USask

Join us in celebrating World Water Day and the exceptional water-related research happening at the University of Saskatchewan and beyond! All are welcome to attend.

Students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career researchers are invited to submit posters - prizes will be awarded!

Friday, March 22
1:30-5:00 pm CST
Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan
Online (Zoom)


Training & Programs

View water-related training and programs available at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Women Plus Water

The Global Institute for Water Security supports Women Plus Water - an international community which increases the visibility of women in water and engages people through an annual lecture series, an expert list, and mentorship opportunities to learn about the gendered impacts of water research, management, and decision-making.

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Global Water Futures

The Global Institute for Water Security helps lead the Global Water Futures program and the GWF Observatories network.

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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.

How do snowflakes form? Is each snowflake really unique? Why is some snow light and fluffy or heavy? The amazing science of snow

Krystopher Chutko - University of Saskatchewan

Many a writer has mused about snowflakes as a natural work of art. Here’s a scientific look at the amazing nature of snowflakes and snow.

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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.

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