The Global Water Futures program is excited to announce funding for 21 research projects under Pillars 1 & 2 across Canada totalling nearly $6.6 million over the next three years to tackle some of Canada's most pressing water-related challenges. 

These new 21 projects will deliver on two key areas: transformative science to help us understand, diagnose and predict change, and developing new decision support systems using new sensors, analytical procedures, and computer models. These projects will complement the previously funded user-question led Pillar 3 projects, and contribute to a better understanding of snow and rain storms, floods and droughts, how to better measure and manage the quality of source waters, how deep groundwater is affected by the surface, how to improve water governance and even how to encourage global water citizenship. 

In total, 94 researchers from 10 Canadian universities are involved in collaboration with 37 partners (9 international institutions; 9 government agencies; 9 industry partners; 7 non-governmental organizations; 3 Indigenous communities/governments). This will also include the hiring of over 100 highly-qualified personnel over the next three years. The projects are leveraging the GWF investment of $6.6 million with an additional $423,000 in cash and $3.2 million of in-kind contributions from partners. 

Pillar 1-2 Projects

1. Southern Forests Water Futures

PI: Altaf ArainMcMaster University  

2. Collaborative Modelling Framework for Water Futures and Holistic Human Health Effects

PI: Lalita BharadwajUniversity of Saskatchewan 

3. Linking Water Governance in Canada to Global Economic, Social and Political Drivers

PI: Rob de Loe, University of Waterloo

4. Old Meets New: Subsurface Hydrogeological Connectivity and Groundwater Protection

PI: Grant Ferguson, University of Saskatchewan

5. Omic’ and Chemical Fingerprinting Methodologies using Ultrahigh-Resolution Mass Spectrometry for Geochemistry and Healthy Waters

PI: Paul JonesUniversity of Saskatchewan

6. Evaluation of Ice Models in Large Lakes using Three-Dimensional Coupled Hydrodynamic-Ice Models

PI: Kevin Lamb, University of Waterloo

7. Short‐Duration Extreme Precipitation in Future Climate

PI: Yanping Li, University of Saskatchewan 

8. Diagnosing Policy and Governance Effectiveness for Agricultural Water Management During Times of Change

PI: Philip LoringUniversity of Saskatchewan

9. Linking Stream Network Process Models to Robust Data Management Systems for the Purpose of Land-Use Decision Support

PI: Bruce MacVicar, University of Waterloo

10. Winter Soil Processes in Transition

PI: Fereidoun Rezanezhad, University of Waterloo

11. Global Water Citizenship - Integrating Networked Citizens, Scientists and Local Decision Makers

PI: Colin Robertson, Wilfrid Laurier University

12. Sensors and Sensing Systems for Water Quality Monitoring

PI: Ravi SelvaganapathyMcMaster University  |    Project ManagerAditya Aryasomayajula 

13. Linking Multiple Stressors to Adverse Ecological Responses Across Watersheds

PI: Mark Servos, University of Waterloo

14. Crowdsourcing Water Science 

PI: Graham StrickertUniversity of Saskatchewan

15. Storms and Precipitation Across the Continental Divide Experiment (SPADE)

PI: Julie TheriaultUniversity of Quebec at Montreal

16. SAMMS: Sub-Arctic Metal Mobility Study

PI: Brent Wolfe, Wilfrid Laurier University

17. Adaptation Governance and Policy Changes in Relation to a Changing Moisture Regime Across the Southern Boreal Forest

PI: Colin LaroqueUniversity of Saskatchewan

18. Significance of Groundwater Dynamics Within Hydrologic Models

PI: Walter Illman, University of Waterloo

19. Diagnosing and Mitigating Hydrologic Model Uncertainty in High-Latitude Canadian Watersheds

PI: Tricia Stadnyk, University of Manitoba

20. Hydrological Processes in Frozen Soils

PI: Andrew IresonUniversity of Saskatchewan

21. Improved Estimates of Wetland Evaporation 

PI: Warren HelgasonUniversity of Saskatchewan