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Sustainable Groundwater Management a Key to Drought Resilience
Famously sunny California has seasonal drought baked into its climate. Real drought - a relative shortage of winter rains for one, two, or more winters is also a common occurrence throughout California's history. Over the past century, we have learned to exploit groundwater as an insurance against drought, to grow crops and support cities. But groundwater resources are threatened by overuse, by pollution from urban and agricultural activities, and they are increasingly disconnected from rivers and ecosystems that rely on groundwater resources. This talk will provide an intuitive and illustrated journey to highlight the role of groundwater in managing cities, farms, and the environment under a Mediterranean climate, particularly in drought; explore existing challenges to protect groundwater resource; and outline promising approaches to sustainable groundwater management that also makes California more drought resilient as we perhaps face a Megadrought as the new normal.

Oct 29, 2021 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Thomas Harter
Thomas Harter is the Nora S. Gustavsson Endowed Professor for Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. His research group focuses on nonpoint-source pollution of groundwater, sustainable groundwater management, groundwater and vadose zone modeling, groundwater resources evaluation under uncertainty, groundwater-surface water interaction, and on contaminant transport. His work uses a range of numerical, statistical, and stochastic modeling approaches and field research. Research focuses on assessing the impacts of agriculture and human activity on groundwater flow and contaminant transport in complex aquifer and soil systems, and on the development of decision-support tools to effectively address sustainable groundwater management and water quality issues in agricultural regions.