May 18, 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?
April 27, 2020
Groundwater and climate change revisited: informing adaptation in a warming world
Recent research has identified the natural resilience of groundwater to climate change and our tendency to deplete this invaluable resource. It’s time we understood, valued, and governed groundwater as the vital adaptation to climate change that it is.
April 20, 2020
Re-thinking watersheds from the bottom up
Despite a few decades of progress on groundwater-surface water interaction and the advent of integrated groundwater-surface water models, it was clear that very different conceptual models of how groundwater fits into the hydrologic cycle were held by different communities within hydrology.
April 14, 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!
March 31, 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.
November 13, 2019
Global Groundwater Sustainability – A Call to Action… do you want to sign?
I am excited about a new initiative called “Global Groundwater Sustainability: A call to action” that was first drafted at the recent Chapman conference in Valencia, Spain. Overall, we are a global group of scientists calling for action to ensure groundwater benefits society now and into the future, and hope that you would like to join us by signing.
October 3, 2019
Groundwater pumping poses worldwide threat to riverine ecosystems
With the climate strikes happening all over the world, I sometimes wish I had a crystal ball that would allow me to look into the future. Or even better, a crystal ball that could show me different scenarios of what will happen if we change, or not. Well, I do not have a crystal ball, but I do have a global scale hydrological model.
September 25, 2019
Groundwater and a ‘green drought’
Here in New South Wales (NSW) in southeastern Australia, a long-running drought continues. The government’s water minister Melinda Pavey noted recently that “This drought is more severe than NSW has ever experienced” and some of the worst in living memory.
September 10, 2019
Shedding light on the invisible: addressing potential groundwater contamination by plastic microfibers
Until recently, the topic of plastic pollution was relatively unknown to the general public, although the problem was already under everyone’s very eyes. Indeed, plastic pollution has become one of the most debated issues over the last few years, in some cases even overshadowing the concerns about climate change, and with particular concern about the effects of microplastic (i.e. plastic particles smaller than 5 mm in length) in the natural environment.
July 24, 2019
A do-it-yourself Jupyter notebook to constrain sediment permeability
Post by Elco Luijendijk, Junior lecturer in the Department of Structural Geology and Geodynamics at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and WaterUnderground founder Tom Gleeson (@water_undergrnd), Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria. Most of the groundwater on our planet is located in sedimentary rocks. This is why it is important to know how easy or hard it is for water to flow through pores in sediments, …