Transformative Science

In December 2017, Global Water Futures announced funding for 21 projects across Canada that aim to predict Canada’s future hydrology and support decision-making.

These 21 research projects are advancing the understanding, diagnosing and prediction of water and climate changes, and developing new decision-support systems using cutting-edge technologies including big-data, drone, sensor, and computer simulation modeling.

Request for Proposals

The Strategic Management Committee (SMC) for the Global Water Futures (GWF) program, funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) is inviting proposals to develop transformational research projects directed towards Pillar 1 - Diagnosing and Predicting Change in Cold Regions and Pillar 2 - Developing Big Data and Decision Support Systems by February 28, 2020.

Proposed science, big data and decision support system projects should complement and show consistency with GWF core teams and strategies and should be in alignment with the vision of GWF, which is:

  • to provide Canada with the information and tools needed to prepare for and manage water futures in the face of unprecedented environmental and societal change, whilst ensuring health and wellbeing,
  • to provide world-leading water science for Cold Regions and to be a global partner of choice for developing user-focussed solutions to water security

The three-year projects will aim to put Canada at the forefront of water science and innovation. Whilst any aspect of Pillars 1 and 2 can be the subject of a proposal, projects of particular interest to the SMC will be strategic to the needs of GWF. Strong project proposals will include those that make the case that their objectives are not adequately covered by GWF Core Support activities and by Pillar 3 User-need Led Projects. For instance the SMC identifies strategic research needs in the areas of:

  • Social science, policy and governance
  • Water and health
  • Innovative sensors, citizen science and apps development
  • Water in Cities
  • Science in support of big data, process inclusion in model and high-end computing
  • Cold regions processes

Projects that include Indigenous community engagement are welcome under this call.

The project principal investigator must be a faculty member at one of the GWF partner institutions (USask, Waterloo, McMaster, WLU) or a listed partner in the original GWF proposal. Co-investigators must be a full-time faculty member at an accredited Canadian University.

For more information, including the submission process, please view the Request for Proposals document below.

To learn more about each project, please click on the images below.

List of Transformative Science Projects (Phase 2)

Geogenic contamination of groundwater resources in subarctic regions
Led by Matt Lindsay, University of Saskatchewan
Hydrology-ecology feedbacks in the Arctic: Narrowing the gap between theory and models
Led by Martyn Clark, University of Saskatchewan & Jennifer Baltzer, Wilfrid Laurier University
Saint John river Experiment on cold Season Storms (SaJESS)
Led by Julie Thèriault, Universitè du Quèbec à Montrèal
What is Water Worth? Valuing Canada’s Water Resources and Aquatic Ecosystem Services
Led by Roy Brouwer, University of Waterloo & Patrick Lloyd-Smith, University of Saskatchewan)
Boreal Water Futures: Modelling Hydrological Processes for Wildfire and Carbon Management
Led by Mike Waddington, McMaster University & Maria Strack, University of Waterloo
Paradigm Shift in Downscaling Climate Model Projections: Building Models and Tools to Advance Climate Change Research in Cold Regions
Led by Simon Papalexiou, University of Saskatchewan
New Tools for Northern Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment
Led by Jeffrey M. McKenzie, McGill University
Towards Saskatchewan Well Water Security: Knowledge and Tools for People and Livestock Health
Led by Corinne Schuster-Wallace, University of Saskatchewan & Sarah Dickson-Anderson, McMaster University
Managing Urban Eutrophication Risks under Climate Change: An Integrated Modelling and Decision Support Framework
Led by Philippe Van Cappellen, University of Waterloo
Remotely Sensed Monitoring of Northern lake Ice Using RADARSAT Constellation Mission and Cloud Computing Processing
Led by Homa Kheyrollah Pour, Wilfrid Laurier University; Andrea Scott, University of Waterloo; Grant Gunn, University of Waterloo
Groundwater, Climate Change and Water Security in the Canadian Prairies
Led by Grant Ferguson, University of Saskatchewan & Andrea Brookfield, University of Waterloo
Artificial Intelligence Applications for Rapid and Reliable Detection of Cryptosporidium oocysts and Giardia cysts
Led by Younggy Kim, McMaster University

List of Transformative Science Projects (Phase 1)

Led by Altaf Arain, McMaster University
Led by Lalita Bharadwaj, University of Saskatchewan
Led by Rob de Loe, University of Waterloo
Led by Grant Ferguson, University of Saskatchewan
Led by Paul Jones, University of Saskatchewan
Let by Kevin Lamb, University of Waterloo
Let by Yanping Li, University of Saskatchewan
Led by Philip Loring, University of Saskatchewan
Led by Bruce MacVicar, University of Waterloo
Led by Fereidoun Rezanezhad, University of Waterloo
Led by Colin Robertson, Wilfrid Laurier University
Led by Ravi Selvaganapathy, McMaster University 
Led by Mark Servos, University of Waterloo
Led by Graham Strickert, University of Saskatchewan
Led by Julie Theriault, University of Quebec at Montreal
Led by Brent Wolfe, Wilfrid Laurier University
Led by Colin Laroque, University of Saskatchewan
Led by Walter Illman, University of Waterloo
Led by Tricia Stadnyk, University of Manitoba
Led by Andrew Ireson, University of Saskatchewan
Led by Warren Helgason, University of Saskatchewan