GIWS’s Saskatchewan River Basin Study endorsed by the World Climate Research Programme
The World Climate Research Programme provides global leadership for research into the analysis and prediction of Earth system variability and change. A key element of its GEWEX (Global Energy and Water Exchanges) initiative is the development of Regional Hydroclimate Projects (RHPs) which provide state-of-the-art data to support the development and testing of improved models and global data sets. GEWEX has now approved the Saskatchewan River Basin Project, developed by the Global Institute for Water Security with its national and international research partners, as an initiating RHP, one of ten regional GEWEX projects in the world and currently the only one of its kind in North America.
The Saskatchewan River Basin (SaskRB) has one of the most extreme and variable climates in the world and includes biomes of global importance. Home to 80 per cent of Canada’s agriculture and strategically-important natural resources, it faces the challenges of major economic development and rapid environmental change. The SaskRB Project will build on world-class observational facilities to develop new interdisciplinary science and the modelling tools needed to address the challenges of managing environmental change and uncertain water futures.
Detailed information regarding the SaskRB RHP is available in the Proposal Summary.