January 25, 2015

Groundwater is NOT photogenic!

Posted by Tom Gleeson

One of the first things I realized when designing this blog was that groundwater is not photogenic, in the extreme. Seriously: I dare every hydrogeologist to go to google images and search  ‘groundwater‘.  You find something like this:

I am not saying that I dislike conceptual models or think they are ugly.  I actually quite like them, which maybe explains my current profession!

But I do think in our image-obsessed, aesthetically driven culture, a group of people who use mathematical models to study something that is invisible and underground, potentially have SOME SERIOUS IMAGE AND COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS. Ok, hydrogeologists, what are we going to do about it?