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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Distinguished Lecture Series 2021

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. Click below to view the full schedule and register!

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.


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.

To be resilient, the Canadian Prairie needs lots of wetlands

Colin Whitfield - University of Saskatchewan and Christopher Spence - University of Saskatchewan

When many Canadians think of the Prairies, they envision beautiful endless landscapes of agricultural fields stretching across the horizon, perfect for a photo-op on a cross-country road trip. But what is missing from this imagery are the once-ubiquitous pothole wetlands, a defining feature of the region.

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.