Global Institute for Water Security
Water is life.Water security - both quality and quantity - is one of the most critical issues facing our planet. Our institute is involved in interdisciplinary research to help protect this precious resource.
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Change in cold regions
Housed at GIWS, the Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN) is developing the tools and scientific understanding to manage rapid change in the cold interior of western Canada.
Member research spotlight
PhD student Jaivime Evaristo was the lead author on a 2015 paper published in the journal Nature that lends new insight into the water cycle.
New water science
Howard Wheater, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security and director, GIWS, discusses the new research approach needed to address the pressing challenges of water security.
Saskatchewan River Basin
The Saskatchewan River Basin represents a key research focus of GIWS and is recognized by the World Climate Research Program as a Regional Hydroclimate Project.
- M. B. Masud, M. N. Khaliq, H. S. Wheater, Future Changes to Drought Characteristics over the Canadian Prairie Provinces based on NARCCAP multi‑RCM Ensemble, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, June 2016, DOI 10.1007/s00382-016-3232-2
- C. M. DeBeer et al., Recent Climatic, Cryospheric, and Hydrological Changes over the Interior of Western Canada: A Review and Synthesis, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, April 2016. 20, 1573-1598, doi:10.5194/hess-20-1573-2016, 2016.
- Patricia Gober et al., Outdoor Water Use as an Adaptation Problem: Insights from North American Cities, Water Resources Management , Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 899-912. DOI 10.1007/s11269-015-1205-6
- Jasechko, S., Kirchner, J., Welker, J., McDonnell, J., Substantial Proportion of Global Streamflow Less Than Three Months Old, Nature Geoscience, February 2016, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 126–129. DOI 10.1038/ngeo2636
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