GWF 2021

The 2021 Global Water Futures (GWF) Annual Open Science Meeting (GWF2021) brought together the GWF community (researchers, affiliates, partners, collaborators, and stakeholders) in a virtual setting to share our latest scientific achievements and success stories, provide updates on end user solutions, and support the actions needed to secure Canada’s water future. Click below to view the recordings!


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.

Welcome to the beta version of the new GWF site! We are working hard to actively improve this site in the months ahead, and we welcome any feedback you can offer. Please email with any concerns or suggestions you may have.

Core Partners

University of Saskatchewan
University of Waterloo
McMaster University
Wilfrid Laurier University

Featured Science Outcomes

Climate, Community and Indigenous Resilience

The Kaswentha, or Two Row Wampum Treaty, was originally created in the 17th century to document  an agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and Dutch Settlers
By: Dawn Martin-Hill, Tariq Deen, Nidhi Nagabhatla, Altaf Arain, Colin Gibson, Kathryn Chen

How water stress impacts planning a climate secure future.

Estimating Soil Moisture Using Drones

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By: Yusof Ghiasi, Claude Duguay, Armaghan Salehian, Justin Murfitt

Efficient and accurate estimations of soil moisture are key for proper crop irrigation management.

Women+Water Making Waves

Photo Credit: Robin Heavens
By: Stacey Dumanski, Corinne Schuster-Wallace, Andrea Rowe, Alain Pietroniro, Amber Brown

The Women+Water Lecture Series empowers women to share their experiences working in water and has grown substantially since 2018, engaging with an international audience and initiating dialogue that leads to change.

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.

Recent News


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.

2021 was a bad year for glaciers in western North America - and it’s about to get much worse

Brian Menounos - University of Northern British Columbia

The year 2021 will likely be one of the worst for glaciers in southern British Columbia, Alberta, Washington and Montana.

COP26 deforestation deal key to slowing climate change, but Canada must tackle issues of carbon accounting and industry

Jennifer Baltzer - Wilfrid Laurier University and Oliver Sonnentag - Université de Montréal

Canada, along with more than 100 other countries, has committed at the UN climate conference in Glasgow (COP26) to halt deforestation by 2030, as a way to preserve the forests that are key to absorbing carbon dioxide and slowing global warming.

Upcoming Events





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. 

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