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Friday, October 30, 2015 — 2:30 PM EDT

A Renaissance in Regional Hydrogeology: In the Footsteps of Farvolden

Prof. Dave RudolphProf. David Rudolph, Professor, University of Waterloo

Please join us afterwards for a reception in the first floor foyer of Math 3 in celebration of the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences' 50th Anniversary.

David Rudolph, Ph.D., P.E. and geological engineer, is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and cross-appointed to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He specializes and teaches in the areas of regional hydrogeology and groundwater protection and management. He served as founding Executive Director of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo, was the 2010 recipient of NGWA's M. King Hubbert Award for contributions to the field of hydrogeology and the 2013 NGWA Darcy Lecturer in Ground Water Science.

Abstract

In recent years, significant attention and research activity have refocussed on regional groundwater assessment, a foundational topic in hydrogeology and a primary area of expertise for Professor Robert Farvolden.  This renewed emphasis relates to a loss of resilience in groundwater systems due to chronic influences of legacy contaminants, overexploitation and increased variability within the water cycle. Conventional approaches to regional groundwater assessment have not provided the depth of insight required to address some of these problems. Modern numerical models designed to integrate atmospheric, surface water and subsurface flow systems have become a primary tool in these large scale hydrologic investigations and can provide unprecedented quantitative insight. A constant challenge with such models relates to their appropriate parameterization and the paucity of critical data required to constrain these parameters in order to reduce result uncertainty. Arguably the most dynamic parameter driving the terrestrial hydrologic system is groundwater recharge. In this presentation, the significance of recharge will be explored within the context of regional groundwater resource management through a series of field examples. The relevance of local scale recharge phenomena related to seasonal hydrologic events will also be examined. Finally, advances in hydrologic data collection methods and a case for enhancing data accessibility will be presented in context with some remaining challenges and potential opportunities to reduce uncertainty in recharge estimations. 

About the Farvolden Lecture Series and Symposium

Dr. Robert N. Farvolden

The Farvolden Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, was initiated in 1996 as an annual celebration in honour of Dr. Robert N. Farvolden (photo). The Lecture Series fosters interaction and communication between the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the alumni of the hydrogeology program and the groundwater community at large. We welcome you to learn more about supporting the lecture series and the Farvolden Scholarship.

Cost 
Free
Location 
HH - J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities
Humanities Theatre
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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