Thursday, April 28th, 2011

University of Saskatchewan to Build $30M Water Study Facility

Science at Work

Howard Wheater, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security

The University of Saskatchewan recently launched a new Global Institute for Water Security.

The new facility will help Canadians improve water use and management, advance our water policy, and give us new tools for environmental risk assessment.

“Our institute will act as a catalyst for new interdisciplinary science, providing pump-priming funding to work with our provincial and federal partners to support these very large projects,” said Dr. Howard Wheater.

Dr. Wheater holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Water Security at the university, and added “We’ll be looking at some of the world’s biggest problems in water, starting with Canadian examples and issues of real importance to Saskatchewan and other Prairie provinces.”

Over the long term, the facility hopes to add 85 researchers, 6 new faculty, 20 post-doctoral fellows, and 48 graduate students by the year 2017.

The $30M building is funded through a joint effort between the provincial and federal government and the university. It will allow multiple research teams to do important research in areas such as climate change and water security; land-water management and environmental change; and sustainable development of natural resources.

Schools mentioned: The University of Saskatchewan

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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