Enrich your groundwater knowledge by hearing firsthand the thought-provoking perspectives from four accomplished scientists and practitioners who have made significant contributions to hydrogeology — and continue to do so — during this first in what is being designed to be a series of Pillars of Groundwater Innovation conferences.
Join the 2013 pillars of groundwater as they deliver the following keynote presentations and moderate the corresponding sessions.
Mary P. Anderson, Ph.D.
A Revolution in Progress — Groundwater modeling is undergoing a revolution driven by the need to incorporate uncertainty in the conceptual model, numerical model, and in model calibration. Additionally, new GIS packages and new ways of modeling (e.g., with unstructured grids) provide powerful tools to improve how we model. In this session, we will explore some of these exciting new developments in groundwater modeling. Read more.
Fletcher Driscoll, Ph.D.
Successful and Efficient Groundwater Investigations and Remedial Work — A consultant’s technical and scientific expertise can only be effective at a contaminated site if the work is carefully and strategically managed throughout the life of the project. Managers on behalf of both the client and consultant must have the capability to identify the potential environmental liabilities, define and adopt strategies to address the risks, and focus the investigation and remedial work on the most important elements. Read more.
Errol "Monte" Montgomery, Ph.D.
Satellite Imagery Applications for Hydrogeology — Information from space-based sensing and imaging systems has been widely available in digital format from the mid-1970s. The systems for processing and viewing digital image data became more readily available in the 1980s. This information has been used for such diverse hydrologic purposes as analysis of distribution of hydrogeologic units; estimation of areal extent, depth, and sediment content of water in lakes and streams; distribution, health, and abundance of riparian and phreatophytic vegetation; establishment of environmental baselines; estimation of ocean temperatures; and investigations for occurrence of water on other planets. Read more.
Shlomo P. Neuman, Ph.D.
Scale-Dependent Spatial Variability of Pedologic and Hydraulic Vadose Zone Properties: The Maricopa Case Example — Analyses of flow and transport in the shallow subsurface require information about spatial and statistical distributions of soil hydraulic properties (water content and permeability, their dependence on capillary pressure) as functions of scale and direction. Measuring these properties is relatively difficult, time consuming and costly. It is generally much easier, faster and less expensive to collect and describe the makeup of soil samples in terms of textural composition (e.g. per cent sand, silt, clay and organic matter), bulk density and other such pedological attributes. Read more.
After each of the pillars’ presentations, solicited and invited speakers will provide additional insight into specific innovative aspects of the main topic. Plenty of time will also be provided for in-depth discussion and attendee participation.
About the conference series
NGWA is establishing the Pillars of Groundwater Innovation conference series as a cornerstone in fulfilling its mission of advancing groundwater knowledge by both recognizing those individuals making significant contributions to hydrogeology and providing an opportunity for them to share their perspectives with others active in the groundwater industry.
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