Meeting Summary

GWF Final Open Science Meeting - "Results, Capacities, and Solutions"

We were delighted to hold the final in-person GWF Open Science Meeting on May 15-17, 2023.  At this meeting we presented the penultimate results of GWF and started to outline the final synthesis of results into a user question-centric framework.   As GWF projects and core teams neared completion of their work, this meeting focused on synthesizing the major outcomes of the program by bringing us together to share our activities, results, impacts and stories.  It was also the launch of the newly funded Global Water Futures Observatories (GWFO) project that will allow many of our field and laboratory research sites to continue operations and data management to 2029.  The meeting was organized around synthesis topics and themes with high-level presentations and panel discussions in plenary, with time for poster viewing and networking.  There was a showcasing of GWF artwork throughout the meeting and a series of activities organized by and tailored for the GWF Young Professionals.  The newly renovated Wanuskewin Heritage Park hosted us again for an afternoon of Indigenous cultural sharing and learning, and hearing from our Indigenous-led projects and partners on this essential part of GWF—the amplification of Indigenous voices, perspectives, and knowledge. 

GWF Finale 2023

USask Research Minute: University of Saskatchewan Global Water Futures Finale

Meeting at a Glance and Agenda



May 14


May 15


May 16


May 17

Morning Opening Session and Thematic/Topical Panels Thematic/Topical Panels and Poster Session Thematic/Topical Panels, Poster Session, Meeting Closing
Afternoon Lunch and Indigenous-focused and led events at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Lunch, and Invited Luncheon Speaker; 

Thematic/Topical Panels and Poster Session

Lunch and Departure

Young Professionals field trip to St. Denis National Wildlife Area

Evening Sunday Evening Reception (USask Convocation Hall)

Reception, Dinner;

Public Art Exhibition

Reception, Dinner

Invited Dinner Speaker

Young Professionals Social Night

Click here to view the Full Meeting Agenda

List of Poster Lightning Talks.

Poster Presentations

Poster # First Author Title
1 Chandra Rajulapati A semi-parametric quantile mapping technique for bias correcting precipitation and temperature simulations
2 Zhenhua Li A Novel Method for Bias-Correction of Convection Permitting Climate Simulation
3 Fei Huo Can climate change signals be detected from the terrestrial water storage at daily timescale?
4 Xiao Ma The prediction in extreme wind events on southern Canada with convection-permitting model
5 Danqiong Dai Coupling automatic calibration method in Noah-MP model for improving estimating irrigation assumption by combining with census data
6 Qi Zhao Performance of an integrated modeling framework for spring wheat yield simulation in Western Canada
7 Mohammad Zare Assessment of meteorological and agricultural drought indices under climate change scenarios in the South Saskatchewan River Basin, Canada
9 Brandon Van Huizen How does moss resist evaporation?
10 Jessica Williamson Heard it Through the Grapevine: Assessing spatial variability in Ontario vineyards
11 Christina Lam Landfill cover soils: variable moisture and temperature effects on methane oxidation
12 Jane Ye The effect of soil moisture and oxygen content on naphthalene biodegradation
13 Natasa Popovic Ecohydrology of a reclaimed landscape: Nikanotee Fen Watershed
14 Yi Wang The dependence of evaporative efficiency of vegetated surfaces on ground cover weight fractions in mesic ecosystems
15 Terava Groff A Field Examination of Snowmelt Infiltration into Sloping Frozen Soils in the Canadian Rockies
16 Lindsey Langs Transition season evapotranspiration from alpine and subalpine environments in the Canadian Rockies
17 Lijie Guo Hydrological responses to agricultural land-use change and climate change in a cold semi-arid region
18 Lijie Guo Quantifying the Hydrological Effects of Agricultural Land-use and Climate Change in a Cold Semi-Arid Region
19 Zhihua He Sensitivity of extreme streamflow to wetland drainage and restoration over the Canadian Prairies
20 Zhihua He Assessing hydrological sensitivity to future climate change in the Canadian southern boreal forest
21 Hongxiu Wang A 1000-yr record of temperature from isotopic analysis of the deep critical zone in central China
22 Lauren Miranda Impacts of wetland removal on the Prairies and how to communicate them
23 Peter Lawford A new algorithm for predicting water-driven sediment erosion on the Canadian Prairies
24 Ayden Draude Salt distribution in the Prairie Pothole Region under a changing Climate
25 Kevin Shook Development of the Prairie Hydrology Design and Analysis Product (PHyDAP)
26 Melika Makremati Hydrological Balance in Moose Mountain Provincial Park
27 Lin Li Assessing the possible influence of human activities on sediment transport in the Saskatchewan River, Canada
28 Markus Brinkmann Multiple lines of evidence to assess risk from dioxins and dioxin-like chemicals in sediment and fish from waterbodies along a large prairie river
29 Gary Carriere We need more than water: Sediment limitation requires local restoration
30 Renee Carriere Fire and Water in the Saskatchewan River Delta
31 Renata Mont'Alverne A social unveiling of natural genomic researchers
32 Brooke Forbes Locating social perspectives relevant to genomically-enhanced bioremediation strategies
33 Lori Bradford Kweyachisihta and pikona (Cree: Make it and break it) Community Use and Evaluations of Agent Models for Flooding and Health on Reserve
34 Matthew Taylor Moving Forward: Improved working conditions, environments, and training for First Nations drinking water treatment operators
35 Michelle Tilford-Shaw Gaining Perspective – What do affected persons think about oil sands process-affected water remediation using constructed wetlands enhanced by genomics?
36 Kurt Belcher Human Dimensions of Water Security: Comparing academic and governance literature through qualitative review
37 Graham Epstein Uncovering indicators of adaptive water governance capacity
38 Alanna Robbins Using Collaborative Engagement in the Development of an Indigenous-led Monitoring Framework in the Matawa Water Futures Project
39 Khusro Mir Estimating the Economic Value of Forested Watersheds: A Spatial Analysis of the Economic Value of Forested Watersheds as Source Water
40 Jorge Garcia Hernandez Development of a Pan-Canadian Hydro-Economic Model to Assess Climate-Induced Water Risks on the Canadian Economy: A Computable General Equilibrium Approach
41 Predrag Rajsic Cost-effectiveness of wetlands as a nature-based solution to buffer phosphorous in Canadian landscapes
42 Yichun Huang Public preferences and willingness to pay for water quality improvements in the Great Lakes Basin during Covid-19
43 Danielle Spence Collaborative valuation of ecosystem services to inform lake remediation
44 Richa Dhawale Assessing Flood Vulnerability in the Saskatchewan River Basin: A Multi-Dimensional Approach
45 Zemichael Workneh Impacts of climate change on water-related vector borne diseases in temperate regions: A systematic review of literature and meta-analysis
46 Ahmed Okasha Modeling approaches for fate and transport in groundwater coupled with human interactions: A case study in Saskatchewan
47 Jiangyue Ju Short-term predictions of transient shallow groundwater level at local scale using data-driven models
48 Brayden Ralph Quantifying the Groundwater Storage-Discharge Dynamics of a First-Order Watershed in the Canadian Rockies
49 Haoyu Yin Influence of dynamic river stage on the vulnerability of water wells and structure foundations in cold regions
50 Andrew J. Wiebe Advancing groundwater vulnerability assessment in the Yukon and Northwest Territories
51 Anastasia Sniderhan Land cover change analysis reveals net permafrost aggradation over 45 years in the Baker Creek watershed, Northwest Territories
52 Matt Fellwock Metal(loid) release from permafrost thaw in the Dawson Range, Yukon
53 Brian Laird Estimating Metal Intakes from Traditionally Harvested Fish from the Mushkegowuk Region
54 Brian Laird Levels and Determinants of Lipid- Adjusted Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Northern Canada
55 Colin Whitfield Modelling dissolved organic carbon response to changing hydroclimate in a Subarctic watershed
56 Qiwei HUANG Changing Dissolved Organic Carbon in Yukon and Mackenzie River Basins
57 Weijia Cui Reagent Free Detection of E. coli O157-H7 in Water Samples Using an Antibody Functionalized Microwave Biosensor
58 Emil Sekerinski Democratizing Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring
59 Hadi Dhiyebi Using Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (WBE) to Track the Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in Municipality Sewers
60 Cailyn Zamora Amphibian species detection via environmental DNA and conventional methods in Southern Ontario vernal pools
61 Kunfu Pi Field validation of DNA-based biosensors for quick detection of ultra-trace mercury(II) in natural waters: Significance for early warning of mercury pollution
62 Madison Harasyn Comparison of in situ and drone-based lidar snow depth measurements in a forested subalpine region
63 Alicia F. Pouw Lake Snow Depth Mapping using a Multi-Sensor Approach
64 Gifty Attiah Coupling Remote Sensing and Modelling to Monitor Spatial Trends and Distribution of Surface Temperature and Ice Phenology on Sub-Arctic Lakes
65 Ida Moalemi Slave River Delta Ice Cover and Water Classification Using Machine Learning Techniques
66 Arash Rafat Investigating subarctic lake ice formation and growth using a floating research raft
67 Ali Reza Shahvaran Evaluation of multispectral air- and space-borne Chlorophyll-a products for remote monitoring of eutrophication in Western Lake Ontario
69 Maryam Vatanparast Modeling the Effects of Climate Change and Land Use changes on the Water Quality of Lake Diefenbaker
70 Shengde Yu GlobalReservoirModel V1.0 A new global reservoir modeling database for water quality management
71 Ruchi Bhattacharya Dams and reservoirs as nodes of social-ecological systems
72 Julie Terry Managing water quality for climate change - modelling the Saskatchewan prairies
73 Shakil Ahmed Linkages of wetland pond nutrients with land use and biogeochemical drivers in Canada’s Prairie Pothole Region
74 Joey Simoes Strategies and Practical Applications for BMP Spatial Targeting in Canadian Prairie Watersheds to Maximize Water Quality Benefits
75 Cameron Hoggarth Nitrogen and phosphorus in SK agricultural drainage ditches: vegetation and soil pools and potential loss to inundating snowmelt or rainfall water
76 Michael Dallosch The Role of Lake Physical Variables and Atmospheric Forcing on the Change in Algal Biomass in North American Great Lakes
77 Meghan McLeod Nitrogen Legacies in the Transboundary Lake Erie Basin
78 Danielle Green How will decreasing winter snow cover affect nitrogen cycling in agricultural soils: Results from a lysimeter study
79 Lamisa Malik Legacy Phosphorus across Canada: Insights from a 60-Year Dataset
80 Serghei Bocaniov A phosphorus mass-balance model for the Lake St. Clair-Lake Erie system: How important is in-lake phosphorus loading?
81 Jovana Radosavljevic Salinization increases eutrophication symptoms in freshwater lakes of North America
82 Stephanie Slowinski Lake sediments record the changes in phosphorus loading and cycling accompanying the transition from agricultural to urban land use in a watershed in the Greater Toronto Area

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Carbon budget of an urban stormwater pond: importance of riparian vegetation
85 Mahyar Shafii Quantitative insights into phosphorus loadings and speciation in urban catchments
86 Bowen Zhou Modelling phosphorus reduction performance of urban best management practices at the watershed scale
87 Amir Reshadi Investigating drivers of microplastic pollution in urban settings
88 Thu Hang Nguyen Microplastics pollution: what can we learn from stormwater pond sediments?
89 Lewis Alcott Direct Microplastic Inputs to the Laurentian Great Lakes from Wastewater Treatment Plants
90 Lozaalsadat Taghavi Biomass fiber isolation via alkali and/or bleach-based treatment
91 Marzieh Heidari Nia A green Hybrid Aerogel Nanocomposite from Dendritic Colloidal Silica and Hairy Nanocellulose as an Effective Dye Adsorbent
92 Marzieh Heidari Nia Engineering internally bridged urchin-like structured nanosilica for controlled delivery of an anticancer drug
93 Nasrin Aliasgharlou Development of a sustainable process methodology for degumming of flax fiber based on an advanced oxidation process
94 Mariam Mir Enhanced Removal of Dye pollutants from water, through Flax Based Non-Woven Composite Mats
95 Deysi J. Venegas-García Mechanism and thermodynamics of adsorption for aromatic hydrocarbon models via a coagulation process with a ferric sulfate–lime softening system
96 André Bertoncini Assimilation of Satellite Albedo to Improve Simulations of Glacier Hydrology during Wildfires and Heatwaves
97 Xing Fang Simulation of hydrological impacts of forest wildfire for Bow River headwater basins in the Canadian Rockies
98 Christopher Marsh Snowdrift permitting simulations across the Cordillera
99 Zhibang Lv Influence of assimilating surface snowpack observations to snowpack simulation by a physically based hydrological model
100 Alex Cebulski Snow Interception Processes and Prediction in a Windswept Subalpine Environment
101 Zelalem Tesemma Modeling the impact of clear-cut, mountain pine beetle and wildfire on the hydrology of the Upper Columbia and Okanagan river basins
102 Fuad Yassin Uncertainty Due to Precipitation Phase Estimation Methods of Large-Scale Hydrological Predictions Under Climate Change
103 Mohamed Elshamy The influence of climate change on permafrost and river discharge in the Mackenzie River Basin
104 Cooper Albano MESH configuration for hydrological reanalysis and climate change projection in the Fraser River Basin
105 Saman Razavi Convergence: the Integrated Modelling Program for Canada
106 Hamid Gozini Developing an Integrated Water Management Tool for Winnipeg River’s Hydropower System
107 Laura Torres Challenges in rainfall-runoff modeling in Paramo basins in Colombia: Implementing a Long Short-Term Memory model in the Chuza River watershed
108 Sara Eager An assessment of the Global Water Futures program research outputs between 2017 and 2022
109 Morteza Behbooei Leveraging open source resources to preserve research outputs from a large interdisciplinary water science project: case study of peer review publications

Recordings (English)

Recordings (French)

Darrell Paskimin - Grass Dancer & Singer

Darrell Paskimin welcomed attendees into the space at Wanuskewin with drum and song on Monday afternoon.

Darrell is a Nehiyaw Plains Cree member of Sweetgrass First Nation in Treaty Six Territory. His background is cultural and community-based.

Darrell has been a Grass Dancer for the past 33 years and a singer with the renowned family drum group BLACKSTONE for 36 years. As a substance-free group, Blackstone advocates for a holistic worldview and way of life.

Some of Darrell's accomplishments include performances at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Salt Lake. He has travelled to Japan with The Theater of Yugen (San Francisco) on a collaborative production of Noh and Indigenous dancing and singing. Darrell has also performed in Qatar, Saudi Arabia representing First Nations peoples.

As Musical Director for The American Indian Dance Theater out of New York City, Darrell oversaw rehearsals and performance coordinations. He was also featured in the IMAX production, "Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey". Most recently, he focuses his efforts into giving back to the community by teaching elementary and high school students First Nations teachings.

Virtual Water Gallery

Virtual Water Gallery - Live in Saskatoon

GWF’s Virtual Water Gallery hosted an art-science exhibit for the duration of the GWF Finale at TCU Place. The exhibit aimed to inspire participants to reflect on their research and draw their own water stories using a doodle station.

The public was invited to tour the exhibit on the evening of Monday, May 15th.

Workshop: Create Inspiring presentations for the GWF Finale

GWF Young Professionals, with special guest Nancy Goucher (GWF Knowledge Mobilization Specialist), hosted a 1-hour virtual workshop on tips for delivering inspiring lightning talks and creating effective research posters. View the recording below: