Select Reports

Released yearly in December or January, the GIWS Progress Reports outline the collective progress of the institute and our members and highlight research accomplishments.

Highlights of our most recent report include:

  • This report marks the conclusion of the 7-year Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Water Security programme that founded the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS). It also marks the end of an era that brought the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) to the forefront of Canadian water science and established it as one of the leading water research institutions globally. From the launch of GIWS in March 2011, with a $30 million CERC grant, to a remarkable $249.6 million research programme by June 2017 has been an incredible journey. A journey that saw an exponential growth in its stature, and in the recruitment and training of highly qualified personnel. The inception and implementation of the 7-year Global Water Futures – Solutions for Water Threats in an Era of Global Change (GWF) programme funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) in September 2016 marks the beginning of a new era that builds on a strong foundation created by the CERC programme.

  • The "Global Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change" (GWF) initiative is the largest university-led water research program ever funded worldwide. WGWF aims to transform the way communities, governments, and industries prepare for and manage water-related risks in an era of unprecedented change.

  • During 2016-17, GIWS has financially supported 72 graduate students (36 PhD and 36 Masters), 29 postdoctoral fellows, 26 research assistants, 10 research associates and scientists, and 13 research technicians and support personnel (Appendix B). In addition, its members have supported 130 graduate students (49 PhD and 81 Masters), 10 postdoctoral fellows and research associates, 5 research scientists, 8 research technicians, 59 research assistants, research engineers and summer students, and 10 visiting scholars.

  • In 2016-17, GIWS members have published 246 journal articles, including papers in Science and Nature, published and presented 185 papers in proceedings and at conferences, delivered 130 plenary, key note and invited lectures, and published 10 book chapters and books. Since 2011, GIWS members have published a total of 1265 journal articles and 67 books/book chapters, participated in 974 conference proceedings and presentations and delivered more than 542 invited, key-note and plenary lectures to share research outcomes and enlighten our stakeholders and scientific community.

The institute contributed to a November 2015 special issue of the Journal of Great Lakes Research that showed what happens upstream has the most impact on the reservoir’s water quality. Of the 15 articles in the special issue, GIWS contributed 13 papers studying the physical, chemical and biological properties of Lake Diefenbaker and assessing the reservoir’s susceptibility to increasing stress.

A report by the University of Saskatchewan Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) presents the first comprehensive survey of the state of groundwater and hydrogeological research in Saskatchewan and outlines the steps required to develop and protect this resource.

The report, titled Groundwater, Hydrogeology and Sustainability in Saskatchewan was commissioned by GIWS and written by Denis Peach, retired chief scientist with the British Geological Survey, and based on extensive consultations with government, industry and academic sectors in Saskatchewan. The report contains a series of key recommendations to gain an understanding of the state of groundwater research in the province and how to move it forward.

As part of our GIWS socio-hydrology research theme, the Downstream play used a novel approach to communicate research results to stakeholders. Performances took place throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta during February 2014.

The play conveyed dramatized perspectives of water security in the Saskatchewan River Basin and was a collaboration with the U of S Drama Department. Audience members participated throughout the performance and a focus group of decision makers followed the play.

In 1997, after the devastating Assiniboine River flood of 1995, a research effort was started to better understand and model Canadian Prairie hydrology with an emphasis on snowmelt derived flooding and the role of depressional storage in controlling the contribution of basin runoff to streamflow. This effort led to a hydrological model suitable for prairie applications including the impact of wetland drainage and restoration.

Centre for Hydrology Report No. 14, Improving and Testing the Prairie Hydrological Model at Smith Creek Research Basin has now been published, describing the results a multi-year study to better simulate the hydrology of a Saskatchewan prairie watershed with the Cold Regions Hydrological Model and then use the model to evaluate the hydrological function of depressional storage in the Canadian Prairies

Howard Wheater, GIWS director and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security, chaired the Council of Canadian Academies panel on water and agriculture in Canada, which released its final report in February 2013.

Water News

Previously, our newsletter Water News was published twice a year and highlights key news and initiatives. We now have a weekly newsletter to keep up with all our members' activities! 

Previous Water News issues: 

Water News Fall 2015

Water News Winter 2015

Water News Spring 2014

Water News Fall 2013/Winter 2014

Water News Spring 2013

Water News Winter 2013

Water News Fall 2012

Water News Spring 2012

Water News Winter 2012