Global Institute for Water Security

Water is life. And water security - both quality and quantity is one of the most critical issues facing our planet. 

GIWS Welcomes New Director

World-leading U.S. water scientist Jay Famiglietti has been recruited to U of S as Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. In addition, Famiglietti will become Executive Director of GIWS effective July 1st


Howard Wheater Symposium

Over 150 local and internationally renowned water researchers gathered in Saskatoon to reflect on developments in hydrology, science and practice over the last 40 years, and discuss projections of future directions for the next 40 years. 

Our Research

Learn how the Global Institute for Water Security is developing the tools and research necessary to help protect our most precious natural resource - water.

Work & Study Here

The U of S has one of the strongest interdisciplinary water research communities in the world - come work, study and learn with us!

Our Water Future

The Global Water Futures research program aims to transform the way Canada & other cold regions prepare for & manage increasing water-related threats.



How fast is fast?

At the U of S, it's the speed at which we're investigating the future of water. That's why we're ranked #1 in water resources research in Canada.

Best in Canada

The University of Saskatchewan has been named the top research institution in Canada and one of the top universities in the world in water resources. With the release of the 2017 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, we find ourselves among very best places to study, work and conduct research.

Losing Our Cold

Watch a short documentary on major scientific outcomes from one of GIWS's research programs, the Changing Cold Regions Network.



GIWS Launched 2011

Since the launch in March 2011 with a $30 million CERC grant to a remarkable $249.6 million research programme by June 2017, GIWS has been on an incredible journey and achieved exponential growth in stature.

GIWS Students

With over 90 graduate student and postdoctoral members, the GIWS Students & Young Researchers organize events centered on various water themes to encourage collaboration, leadership, research, and networking. 

Saskatchewan River Basin

The Saskatchewan River Basin represents a key research focus of GIWS and is a major water resource for three prairie provinces. It is recognized by the World Climate Research Program as a Regional Hydroclimate Project.