NSF EPSCOR Groundwater Security Planning

October 24-26, 2022 Bryant Conference Center · Tuscaloosa, AL
 

NSF EPSCOR Groundwater Security Planning

October 24-26, 2022 Bryant Conference Center · Tuscaloosa, AL
 

NSF EPSCOR Groundwater Security Planning Workshop

The Global Water Security Center and the Center for Water Quality Research at The University of Alabama are pleased to host the NSF EPSCOR workshop on groundwater security planning and management from October 24th to 26th, 2022 at the Bryant Conference Center located on the campus of The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Water security is the availability of acceptable quantity and quality of water for sustaining human health, economic welfare, and the wellbeing of environmental and ecological systems. The objective of this workshop is to establish collaborative teams of investigators to build outstanding water security management research capabilities across and among multiple EPSCoR jurisdictions.

This workshop will provide a scientific forum for researchers, academics, consultants, and industry professionals to discuss and develop novel ideas for solving groundwater and other water security problems that are relevant to EPSCOR states. The workshop will cover a variety of water security management topics to address our need to access an adequate amount of groundwater to meet basic human needs, support the ecosystem services by maintaining baseflow in streams and rivers, and support the economic activities (e.g., agriculture, industry, and tourism) of the region.  We will also explore novel technology and policy solutions for managing both water quality and quantity problems (e.g., treatment technologies, reverse osmosis, and managed aquifer recharge).

Workshop Format: This workshop will have six sessions. Each session will consist of presentations from stakeholders and technical experts, which will be followed by group discussions to identify various research needs.

 

Workshop Sessions are:

  1. Groundwater storage and recharge mapping using numerical models, machine learning tools, and big datasets.
  2. Drinking water from groundwater: source management and treatment challenges.
  3. Artificial aquifer recharge management: current challenges and solutions.
  4. Groundwater-surface water interactions.
  5. Groundwater contamination from wastewater and other sources.
  6. Groundwater regulation and policy.

If you have any questions, please email conferenceservices@ua.edu or call 205-348-9966. All invited speakers and participants will receive a registration code that they can use to register free for the conference.  A limited number of conference fee waivers and/or partial travel support fellowships are available for interested participants from EPSCOR states on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please register for the conference and submit the title and a short abstract of your poster presentation to qualify for these fellowships. Include your preference for the workshop session.