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Dr. Masaki Hayashi: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar ,

The UF Water Institute is hosting Dr. Masaki Hayashi, 2018 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer in Groundwater Science, as the February Distinguished Scholar Seminar speaker. Dr. Hayashi is a professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary and is the Canada Research Chair in Physical Hydrology. He has research interests in physical processes in the hydrologic cycle – primarily connections among groundwater, surface water, and atmospheric moisture in various environments ranging from prairies to mountains. His current research topics include alpine hydrology, permafrost, frozen soil, prairie hydrology, and hot springs.

Please join us as Dr. Hayashi presents Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World. The seminar will take place on Tuesday, February 20, from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Chamber, on the ground floor.

For additional details, please contact UF Water Institute’s Carol Lippincott at

More information on the presentation can be found below.

Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World

Nearly half of the world’s population relies on rivers originating in high mountains for water supply. Source areas of mountain streams were once thought to have minimum capacity to store groundwater. A new understanding of alpine hydrogeology is revealing that alpine basins have aquifers that temporarily store rain and meltwater from snow and glaciers. Gradual release of water from these aquifers sustains streamflow and is important for downstream water supply and aquatic habitats. Due to rugged terrain, alpine hydrogeologists rely on creative methods to investigate groundwater. This lecture will demonstrate how we gain insights into groundwater in challenging environments and develop a conceptual understanding of hydrological systems. These ideas and approaches apply in a variety of environments where hydrogeologists are faced with challenging conditions.