Global Water Futures

Solutions to water threats in an era of global change


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Preparing for Water Threats in an Era of Change

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 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. 

View the videos below to learn about the projects and contributions of Global Water Futures four core partner universities:







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Please Note: in response to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, GWF2020 is currently being considered for alternative options for delivery. Please visit the GWF2020 event website for more information.




The Conversation Canada


Curated by professionals, the Conversation Canada is an independent source of news and views delivered directly to the public. The articles below are authored by faculty and students, involved in the Global Water Futures community.


Northern fish are tough, but climate change is causing some to dwindle

Alyssa MurdochYork UniversityChrystal Mantyka-PringleUniversity of Saskatchewan, and Sapna SharmaYork University

The survival tools these fish have used for millennia — exceptional tolerance to cold, slow growth rates and long lifespans — could be a disadvantage as environmental conditions in the north warm and more fast-paced species move in.

Buried in mud: Wildfires threaten North American water supplies

François-Nicolas Robinne - University of Alberta, Dennis W. Hallema - North Carolina State University, and Kevin D. Bladon - Oregon State University

As rain offers a welcome relief to fire-scorched Australia, concerns over flash floods and freshwater contamination cast a shadow on the joy. Already, massive fish kills have been reported due to heavy ash and sediment in local stream.



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. 

CFREF        University of Waterloo        McMaster University      Laurier