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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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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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18 February 2019

Water: underground source for billions could take more than a century to respond fully to climate change

While climate change makes dramatic changes to weather and ecosystems on the surface, the impact on the world’s groundwater is likely to be delayed, representing a challenge for future generations.

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16 November 2018

the true meaning of life for a hydrogeologist….

I stumbled upon this quote from Nelson Henderson (a farmer from Manitoba) which encapsulates what I have been thinking about groundwater sustainability for a number of years…

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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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15 December 2017

On the social responsibility of water scientists

Should we feel a moral obligation to engage, if our work has real implications on society?

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4 November 2017

Of Karst! – short episodes about karst

This episode focuses more on the appearance of karst features in famous movies and TV programs that may be familiar to some of us, although we may not have watched them through the eyes of a karst fanatic at the time.

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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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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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