The Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan 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:

Protecting water resources
Helping protect our precious freshwater resources needed for the world’s growing demand for sustainable food production

Mitigating water-related disasters
Mitigating the risk of water-related disasters such as floods, droughts, and fires

Anticipating global change
Predicting and forecasting extremes of global change through the use of advanced remote sensing and modelling techniques

Co-creating research with Indigenous Peoples
Co-creating research and braiding Traditional Knowledge with modern science to empower Indigenous communities in protecting healthy waters, people, and ecosystems

Upcoming Events


Women Plus Water 2024 Lecture 4

Women Plus Water Lecture Series

Protect our Species
To celebrate Earth Day (April 22), Dr. Cherie Westbrook, Janet Sumner, and Ines Sanchez Rodriquez will discuss why it is important to view ecosystems as a whole and how that relates to water.

Thursday, April 11, 2024
12:30-1:30 pm CST
Online (Zoom)

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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