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:

  • We have developed new, internationally recognized research facilities, have taken on important national and international science leadership roles, attracted substantial additional research funding, and are beginning to deliver the exciting science that was foreseen at the programme outset. Recent highlights include three ground-breaking papers in the journal Nature, election of GIWS Associate Director McDonnell to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada, establishment of the MOST (Mine Overlay Site Testing) facility, and leadership of two World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) initiatives (the Changing Cold Regions Network Regional Hydroclimate Project, including the Saskatchewan River Basin (SaskRB; 406,000 km2) and Mackenzie River Basin (MRB; 1.8 million km2), and the International Network for Alpine Research Catchment Hydrology - INARCH). INARCH also forms part of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme. These programmes address critical societal needs and support the development of the new trans-disciplinary science. These are designed to address WCRP priorities related to large-scale science, as well as the needs and concerns of local and regional stakeholders.

  • GIWS was involved in the development of two new graduate programs:
    • The NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program in Water Security, which commenced in September 2015, trains Masters and PhD students to integrate science, engineering, and policy as they address current and future challenges in complex water systems.
    • Beginning in 2016, the School of Environment and Sustainability and GIWS will offer an innovative one-year professional Master of Water Security graduate program that provides intensive cross-training to build disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise for research and practice.

  • During 2014-15, GIWS has financially supported 51 graduate students (24 PhD and 27 Masters), 32 postdoctoral fellows, 38 research assistants, 10 research associates and scientists, 10 undergraduate and graduate student assistants and 26 visiting scholars. In addition, its members have supported a further 169 graduate students (65 PhD and 104 Masters), 26 postdoctoral fellows, 18 research associates and scientists, 38 Research Assistants, Research Engineers and Summer Students, and 18 visiting scholars.

  • In 2014-15, GIWS members published 209 journal articles, published and presented 216 papers in proceedings and at conferences, delivered 60 plenary, key note and invited lectures, and published 10 book chapters and books. Since 2011, GIWS members have published a total of 715 journal articles and 43 books/book chapters, participated in 554 conference proceedings and presentations and delivered more than 261 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.

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