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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.


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    Prairie Water Annual Partners' Meeting 2022 : summary report of the 17th February meeting
    (2022-08-02) Morrison, Alasdair
    The theme of the 2022 APM was “Collaborations and partnerships for successful water outcomes”. For the research team, our focus was to engage in discussions to better understand how we can accelerate the movement of research findings, data, and other products into the hands of you, our partners. More specifically, we wanted to find out more about how Prairie Water research outputs have been used to date, what the most effective ways to communicate these outputs with the widest audience have been, and what some of the challenges and opportunities to getting new knowledge into water management decision-making are. This report provides a summary and analysis of some of what we heard during the APM panel session and discussions, and what we have learned from engagement with many of you over the years of the project. We have been able to conceptualize the network through which Prairie Water outputs are and could be disseminated (Section 2). Key themes influencing the uptake of knowledge have also identified from our discussions (Section 3). Awareness of these themes and this network will help us be strategic in how we approach knowledge mobilization for the remainder of the Prairie Water project and beyond.
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    Working for our water future : knowledge to strengthen Saskatchewan's water assets
    (Global Institute for Water Security, 2023-03-31)
    Increased flooding, drought, and upstream use continue to put Saskatchewan’s freshwater resources at risk. Water needs for irrigation, industry, municipalities, recreation, and nature are increasing, along with impacts of runoff from rural and urban development, much of it upstream in the sources of the Saskatchewan River. Saskatchewan’s economy is especially water-dependent and subject to widely-varying water availability. We need intelligence on our waters to predict and plan for our farmers, food processors, marketers, hydroelectricity managers, municipalities, and suppliers to our industries. Research at the University of Saskatchewan, and data provided by Global Water Futures Observatories, is helping the people of Saskatchewan prepare for a water-secure future.
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    Guide to Common Parasites of Food Fish Species in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
    (Global Water Futures Northern Water Futures, 2024-03) Zabel, N; Swanson, Heidi; Conboy, G
    Prepared by N. Zabel & Dr. H. Swanson, Wilfrid Laurier University, and reviewed by Dr. G. Conboy (DVM, PhD, DACVM), Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. Preparation of this guide was supported by Northern Water Futures (Global Water Futures; Canada First Research Excellence Fund). Reviews, photographs, and expert guidance was received as in-kind support from several individuals, and we gratefully acknowledge these important contributions. Funding for printing of guides distributed within Northwest Territories was provided by Government of Northwest Territories.
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    Water well told : storytelling in source water protection
    (2021-05-16) Duffy, Ashleigh
    Drinking water is about our humanity as much as it is technology. The thesis findings are critical in the decolonization of drinking water solutions for rural and Indigenous communities.
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    Integrated Water Modelling Program for Canada, Global Water Futures
    (University of Saskachewan Global Water Futures, 2023-05) Duffy, Ashleigh ; Razavi, Saman
    Water models have been developed for many disciplines, each capturing separate snapshots of hydrologic systems. However, hydrology is complex and in constant flow. It is inefficient and costly to model water in many separate pieces. There was a need to combine the strengths of different water related disciplines into integrated tools, and soon for northern regions such as Canada where climate change is already having an impact. The IMPC team has approached the “integration challenge” by bringing together experts in climate science, water resources management, engineering, snow hydrology, ecology, economics, social sciences, computer science, and traditional ecological knowledge. The work under IMPC would not have been possible without the collaborative spirit of many external researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders from academia, government bodies, boundary organizations, and the private sector. Some of what IMPC has explored includes: Climate model downscaling & fine-resolution forcing; Refining routines for snow & glacier hydrology ; Water quality modelling; Water quality-hydraulic model coupling; River ice flood forecasting; Permafrost mapping; Indicators and mechanisms of spring flood generation; Flood inundation mapping; Sensitivity & uncertainty analysis; Model intercomparison; Water resource management, irrigation, and economic model coupling; Ecological indicators & sustainable flow boundaries; Incorporation of local perspectives and TEK; Delta Dialogues.
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    Indigenizing research : a resource guide for indigenous peoples, academics and policy makers Version 3 (August 2020)
    (McMaster University Co-Creation of Indigenous Water Quality Tools Project, 2020-08)
    The purpose of this research guide is to foster dialogue between Indigenous peoples, academics and policy-makers concerning methods utilized by our research team. The resource guide is expected to be accessible both to Indigenous community and activists; along with researchers, policymakers and academics, respecting the agency of Indigenous peoples. This resource guide was prepared by the following members of the Research Team on Co-Creation of Indigenous Water Quality Tools under the Global Water Futures program: • Dawn Martin-Hill (Mohawk, Wolf Clan), Associate Professor, McMaster University • Jorge Fabra-Zamora, Project Officer (Former), Co-Creation of Indigenous Water Quality Tools • Piers Kreps, Research Assistant (Former), Co-Creation of Indigenous Water Quality Tools • Danielle Gendron, Project Support (Former), Co-Creation of Indigenous Water Quality Tools. The contents of this resource guide would not be possible without the insightful contributions of the following members of the Research Group and Community Members of the Six Nations of the Grand River (alphabetical order): Nancy Doubleday, Sarah Duignan, Beverly Jacobs, Karissa John, Nidhi Nagabhatla and Afroza Sultana
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    The Art of Flood Forecasting : Making a difference on the ground
    (Global Water Futures Core Modelling, 2023-03) Arnal, Louise
    Experience of a Global Water Futures researcher using art to communicate scientific research.
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    Future-proofing B.C.'s highways : climate scientists and engineers building relationships
    (Global Water Futures Short‐Duration Extreme Precipitation in Future Climate, 2023-03) Zwiers, Francis
    Experience of a Global Water Futures researcher in collaborating in climate research with practitioners.
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    Make Sure we Hear them First : Integrating users and science through collaborative research projects
    (Global Water Futures Integrated Modelling Program for Canada, 2023-03) THIOMBIANO, ALIDA
    Experience of a Global Water Futures researcher in working collaboratively with local communities, designing research to meet societal needs.
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    Hudson Bay on the World Stage : To dam a river is to dam the world
    (Global Water Futures Integrated Modelling Program for Canada, 2023-03) Stadnyk, Tricia
    Experience of a Global Water Futures researcher in explaining the environmental consequences of development to a non-scientist.
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    Braiding Knowledge Systems : Learning the value of what we don’t know
    (Global Water Futures Integrated Modelling Program for Canada, 2023-03) Stadnyk, Tricia
    Experience of a Global Water Futures researcher in exchanging knowledge with an Indigenous community affected by water problems.
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    Caring about the Extremes : Combining resources to calculate flood risk in the Bow River Basin
    (Global Water Futures Mountain Water Futures, 2023-03) Pomeroy, John W
    Scientists, water managers, and engineers from all levels of government work together to predict flooding that threatens a major Canadian city.
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    Blackberry Dreams : Modelling water vapour’s role in climate change
    (Global Water Futures Core Modelling, 2023-03) Laguë, Marysa
    A group of young modelers collaborate to simulate an alternate Planet Earth.
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    “Open science? Activism!” Working together to share modelling resources
    (Global Water Futures Core Computer Science, 2023-03) Knoben, Wouter
    A young hydrological modeler becomes an advocate for open science.
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    Useful Numbers : Reaching out with pandemic data
    (Global Water Futures Next Generation Solutions to Ensure Healthy Water Resources for Future Generations, 2022-08) Giesy, John P
    Working with government partners, a research project adapts to societal need to provide epidemiological data.
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    A Team’s Journey into the Depths : Collecting deep groundwater samples in the American Southwest
    (Global Water Futures Groundwater, Climate Change and Water Security in the Canadian Prairies, 2023-03) Ferguson, Grant
    Researchers strengthen a collaborative working relationship through challenging fieldwork.
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    Drowning Commuter Trains : The journey from budding hydrologist to flood forecaster
    (Global Water Futures Integrated Modelling Program for Canada, 2023-03) Wijayarathne, Dayal Buddika
    A young scientist's career choices are influenced by interactions with mentors, fellow students, and by exposure to societal impacts related to flooding.
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    From Powder Turns to Snow-cloaked Trees : Learning from guides about snow accumulation in mountain forests
    (Global Water Futures Mountain Water Futures, 2023-03) Cebulski, Alex
    A young scientist learns about his research environment from local practitioners.
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    Working through Wicked Problems - Together : Transdisciplinary research to tackle land management challenges in Saskatchewan
    (Global Water Futures Prairie Drainage Governance: Diagnosing Policy and Governance Effectiveness for Agricultural Water Management during Times of Change, 2022-11) Baulch, Helen
    A transdisciplinary research team addresses contentious land management issues on the Canadian Prairies through relationship building.