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18 May 2020

Should the pandemic change what we ‘do’ as sustainability scientists?

The world will likely never be the same again after the covid-19 pandemic – too much has changed for us personally, socially and culturally. The pandemic is a terrible tragedy that continues to devastate lives and economies while ironically also bearing the possibility of being a much needed global sustainability reset. So as applied scientists focused on sustainability, what is our role in this reset? 

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14 April 2020

Underground social solidarity: our #PandemicPlaylist

Listen to this global playlist of songs that are currently getting us through these times. Hopefully they will help you too!

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31 March 2020

Underground social solidarity: rose, thorns and buds in the COVID-19 pandemic

to encourage social solidarity in our dispersed global community of groundwater nerds, I suggested we share:
A picture of our #StayAtHomeAndStaySafeView
A song that is working for you right now, for our very own ‘pandemic playlist’ (ideally from an artist from our region)
A rose, thorn and bud of our current situation where:
Rose = something that is working well or something positive;
Thorn = something that isn’t working or something negative;
Bud = an area of opportunity or idea yet to be explored.

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3 June 2019

Update on the groundwater situation in Cape Town

When the Cape Town water crisis first emerged it took almost a year before active contingencies were put in place. Four major ideas were proposed: (1) Intense water restrictions for municipal water users, (2) greywater recycling facilities, (3) groundwater augmentation of water supplies, and (4) desalination.Although not all the proposed ideas came to fruition, there was a significant increase in the installation of well points and boreholes for municipal and private use.

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8 May 2019

Video: Linking water planetary boundaries and UN Sustainable Development Goals

Water Underground creator Tom Gleeson prepared this quick research video (with no more than a toothbrush, a file holder, and a doughnut, in one take!) for the Ripples project meeting at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, that was held in April. In this video, he talks about using doughnut economics for linking water planetary boundaries and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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5 April 2019

Dowsing for interesting water science – what’s exciting at EGU 2019?

Every April, the European Geophysical Union (EGU) holds an annual meeting in Vienna. With thousands of presentations spread out over a full week, it can feel like you’re surrounded by a deluge of water-related options – particularly since the conference center is on an island! 

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3 August 2018

Groundwater and Education – Part two

Education and capacity development can become more integrated in our work, in academia, if we emphasize and increase our attention given to finding the most effective way to train and motivate the new generations of hydrogeologists

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25 April 2018

Socio-hydrology meets Broadway: Can we survive drought if we stop using the toilet?

With Cape Town on the verge of being the first major city to run out of water, this is a question on the minds of many water managers and scientists within the emerging fields of socio-hydrology and socio-hydrogeology.

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6 March 2018

Crowdfunding Science: What worked and what didn’t, who pledged and how did we reach them?

During March of 2017, myself and a group of students supervised by Dr. Jodie Miller of Stellenbosch University’s Earth Science department (South Africa) completed a 5-week long crowdfunding campaign. The Campaign raised R149 899.00 (€9800) from 120 backers that were both local and international.

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2 March 2018

A cool new collectible: Water

Post by Matt Herod, Waste and Decommissioning Project Officer for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and Adjunct Professor in Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, Canada. _______________________________________________ I have always been a mineral and fossil collector. It was a hobby that stuck and blossomed into a career. I still collect minerals and fossils, although I’ve now added rocks from my field sites to the collection. One …

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9 November 2017

Community advice to young hydrologists, Part 1

What book or paper has been most influential to your career and why?

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8 October 2017

Video: Why and how I communicate on social and traditional media, and some mistakes I made along the way…

Video: How my water research made the news…

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23 September 2017

Everything is connected

In recent years the human dimension of hydrology has become increasingly important.

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27 August 2017

Crowdfunding Science: A personal journey toward a public campaign

I went from a BSc (Hons) student, who was not considering continuing my postgraduate studies at all, to someone who is passionate about water resource research and continuing my postgraduate career. This is apparently common amongst postgraduate students in science…

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24 July 2017

Humanitarian groundwater projects; notes on motivations from the academic world

Globally, the need for regional hydrologic humanitarian efforts is obvious. Even today, 1,000 children die due to diarrhoeal diseases on a daily basis.

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17 July 2017

Good groundwater management makes for good neighbors

Post by Samuel Zipper, postdoctoral fellow at both McGill University and the University of Victoria, in Canada. You can follow Sam on Twitter at @ZipperSam. ___________________________________________________________ Dedicated Water Underground readers know that this blog is not just about water science, but also some of the more cultural impacts of groundwater. Keeping in that tradition, today’s post begins with a joke*: Knock, knock! Who’s there? Your neighbor Your neighbor who? Your neighbor’s groundwater, …

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