The Saskatchewan River Basin (SRB) study brings together national and international experts in the natural sciences, engineering and social sciences from universities and government laboratories across Canada and around the world to address water management issues in the river basin. This study builds on and integrates ongoing initiatives to create modelling tools that support basin-wide management of uncertain water futures. It also builds on the legacy of scientific understanding, data systems and models developed in DRI, IP3, and The Mackenzie River Basin Study (MAGS).
The result is a large-scale state-of-the-art laboratory that helps improve the ability to predict river flows, and our understanding of how water quality and river basin ecosystems respond to climate change.
The five year SRB study aims to:
- Deliver improved scientific understanding and predictive capability to address the interactions amongst the cryospheric, ecological, hydrological and climatic components of the changing earth system at multiple scales.
- Provide new understanding, improved modelling tools and enhanced community awareness for improved water management in the SRB.
- Improve our understanding of the consequences of agricultural practices, and land use and climate change for water resources and their management in interior western Canada.
- Provide an improved understanding of critical policy choices in the region’s water future.
- Train a new generation of water scientists better prepared to deal with integrated water systems and the human institutions that govern them.
- Develop and implement systems that ensures research is made available to users in ways that will facilitate planning and decision making.