The University of Saskatchewan has been awarded nearly 78-million dollars to lead a research program looking at water threats which may come with climate change and expanding economies.
The funding comes from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund – the second project to be funded at the university.
The U of S is the only post-secondary institution with this honour.
Dr. John Pomeroy is the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change.
He says catastrophic floods and droughts have cost Canada an estimated 19-billion dollars so far this century.
When the seven-year program is done, U of S researchers – along with 140 partners around the world – will have designed and helped to implement a national water system.
It will be used to measure and forecast floods, droughts, water quality and water-related health problems in Canada.
The system is anticipated to develop models for improved water governance and equity between upstream and downstream users.