Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change
Global Water Futures is a pan-Canadian research program that is funded in part by a $77.8-million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. The overarching goal of the program is to deliver risk management solutions - informed by leading-edge water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools - to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment. Global Water Futures (GWF) aims to position Canada as a global leader in water science for cold regions and will address the strategic needs of the Canadian economy in adapting to change and managing risks of uncertain water futures and extreme events. End-user needs will be our beacon and will drive strategy and shape our science.
Featured Science Outcomes
Climate, Community and Indigenous Resilience
How water stress impacts planning a climate secure future.
Estimating Soil Moisture Using Drones
Efficient and accurate estimations of soil moisture are key for proper crop irrigation management.
Water Security for Canadians
The Global Water Futures program and partners are convening national discussions on the future of water security in Canada, including the water management issues, capabilities, advances and needs, to help inform the federal government in its development of the Canada Water Agency.
The Conversation Canada
Unsolved environmental problems, a national mandate to uphold treaty responsibilities and a new appreciation for positive treaty relationships are leading some water researchers to consider new approaches to their work. They are examining how water monitoring practices that are conventionally considered strong, can be improved.
Extreme weather and climate events causing extensive damage are a fact of the Canadian climate, and this year is no exception.
GWF is led by the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan in partnership with University of Waterloo, McMaster University and Wilfrid Laurier University.