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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 — 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM EDT

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series Professor Grant Ferguson, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Geological and Environment Engineering and Associate Member of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, will present "The Race for Groundwater."

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There has been increasing demand for groundwater in many regions of the world due to increasing populations, changes in surface water availability due to climate change and shifting agricultural practices. Large-scale depletion of groundwater resources by pumping have been documented at the global scale. Decreases in groundwater availability due to water quantity constraints has received less attention. Widespread contamination from the top down by nitrates and other has effectively removed large volumes of groundwater from the available stores. Similarly, there are geochemical constraints on use of deeper groundwater. There are natural limits to the depth at which we can access deep groundwater due to increases in salinity with depth. The oil and gas industry and other emerging subsurface uses such as carbon sequestration and geothermal energy development are also using pore space either occupied by or in close proximity to fresh groundwater resources, effectively depleting groundwater resources from the bottom up. Understanding the competition between water resources, agriculture and the energy industry is a key issue facing humanity.

Speaker Bio

Grant FergusonGrant Ferguson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Geological and Environment Engineering and Associate Member of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. His current research focuses on regional groundwater systems, the interplay between groundwater and energy resources and groundwater protection at scales from local to global. Grant Ferguson is the past-president of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) – Canadian National Chapter and Founding Chair of the IAH Groundwater and Energy Commission.

Cost 
Free, please register
Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
Room 1302
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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