UNL Water Lecture Series Includes Sessions On Water Modeling

UNL Water Lecture Series Includes Sessions On Water Modeling

Computer modeling is an expanding tool for managing water quantity and quality.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's annual public water and natural resources seminar begins Jan. 11, 2012, and continues weekly through April 25. The lecture series continues its tradition of offering a wide range of water-related topics, including several on surface water and groundwater modeling.

Beginning Jan. 11, the UNL Water Center-sponsored lectures are each Wednesday, except Feb. 15 and March 14 and 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the first floor auditorium of Hardin Hall, northeast corner of North 33rd and Holdrege streets, UNL East Campus, Lincoln.

The lectures begin with an introduction to hydrological models, including how they are created and applied, by William Woessner of the University of Montana. This is also the first of eight lectures comprising the modeling series.

"Modeling may not immediately come to mind when you think about water, but it is an increasingly critical tool used for water management, both for quantity and quality," says Lorrie Benson, Water Center assistant director. "UNL is increasingly interested in modeling and this series is designed to help explore the different aspects of modeling UNL could get more involved with."

Other lectures in the series delve into topics such as managing Africa's water, freshwater ecosystem goods and services, lessons learned from the 2011 Missouri River flood, in-stream flows and climate change impacts.

The final lecture in the series is a panel discussion on moving large amounts of water from where they are to where they may be needed. Panelists are Mark Pifher, Aurora Water; Don Blankenau, Blankenau Wilmoth LLP law firm; and Terry McArthur, HDR Engineering Inc. Pifher will talk about his experiences buying water and building pipelines on the Front Range in Colorado, Blankenau will consider legal and political realities of moving water in Nebraska, and McArther will address engineering. The discussion is scheduled for 90 minutes, extending the lecture to 5 p.m.

Spring 2012 Water Seminar Series are (3:30-4:30 p.m., UNL Hardin Hall unless noted):

Jan. 11: Formulating, Applying and Constraining Hydrological Models: Modeling 101, William Woessner, University of Montana 

Jan. 18: Using Hydrologic Models to Estimate the Impact of Climate Change on River Flows, Water Supply Reliability and Ecosystem Responses, Richard Palmer, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jan. 25: The Future of Hydroinformatics for Managing Water, David Maidment, University of Texas-Austin

Feb. 1: Managing Africa's Water, Marc Andreini, University of Nebraska 

Feb. 8: Ecohydrology: Coupling, Connectivity, and Challenges in Forested Catchments, Holly Barnard, University of Colorado at Boulder

Feb. 22: Can Technological Optimism Trump the Politics of Scarcity? Water Resource Management in the Middle East, Alon Tal, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 

Feb. 29: Valuation of Freshwater Ecosystem Goods and Services, Walter Dodds, Kansas State University

March 2: Review of Water Quantity and Quality Applications of the SWAT Model in the USA, Raghaven Srinivasan, Texas A&M University, 11-12 p.m., Scott Engineering Center 111

March 7: Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System--Lessons Learned from 2011 Flood of Record, Kevin Grode, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

March 28: Integrating Hydrology and Economics: The Challenge of Practical Modeling, Richard Howitt, University of California, Davis 

April 4: Environmental Flows in an Arid Landscape, Shannon Brewer, Oklahoma State University

April 11: Modeling and Forecasting a Groundwater-Dominated Ecosystem, David Steward, Kansas State University 

April 13: Hydroinformatics: Optimization and Uncertainties of Integrating Data, Models and Decisions, Dimitri Solomatine, UNESCO Institute for Water Education, 11-12 p.m., Scott Engineering Center 111

April 18: Assessing the Ecohydrological Effects of Land Use Change Across Multiple Scales: From Leaves to Watersheds, Heidi Asbjornsen, University of New Hampshire

April 20: A Physically-Based Approach to Assess the Impact of Climate Change on Canadian Water Resources, Ed Sudicky, University of Waterloo, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Bessey Hall Room 117

April 25: Economics, Engineering and Law: The Realities of Moving Large Quantities of Water Long Distances, 3:30-5 p.m. 

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