Global Institute for Water Security

Leader in water research for the world's cold regions

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. 

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GIWS leads Global Water Futures program

Global Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change is a University of Saskatchewan-led research program that is funded in part by a $77.8-million grant from the Canada First Excellence Research Fund. The aim is to transform the way communities, governments and industries in Canada and other cold regions of the world prepare for and manage these increasing water-related threats.

For more information, visit Global Water Futures website

The Canada First Research Excellence Fund awarded the University of Saskatchewan $77.8M in funding to promote water research in its Global Water Futures initiative.

Our Research

Water security is one of the biggest challenges facing society this century. Learn how the University of Saskatchewan's Global Institute for Water Security is developing the tools and research necessary to help protect this most precious natural resource.

Work and study here

Whether you're looking for employment opportunities, or want to study and learn in one of the strongest interdisciplinary water research communities in the world, the U of S is the place for you.

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.



Global Water Futures

The Sept. 6 announcement of $77.8M in funding for the Global Water Futures project has been met with enthusiastic coverage from both local and national media.

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.