UF Water Institute Seminar Series


Past Seminars
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Speaker:   Roger Bachmann, Florida LAKEWATCH, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
Seminar Title:  Setting the numeric nutrient criteria for Florida lakes; why one size does not fit all (Abstract)
Presentation:   (Video)
Time:  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:  209 Emerson Alumni Hall
 
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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Speaker:   Franklin Baker, Florida Watershed Coordinator, Watershed Coordination Section, U.S. EPA Region 4, Atlanta
Seminar Title:  The Watershed Approach to Water Quality Restoration
Time:  11:45 AM - 12:35 PM
Location:  Phelps Lab
Co-Host:  Center for Wetlands
 
Thursday, August 05, 2010
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Speaker:   Dr. Asit Mazumder, NSERC Industrial Research Chair,Water and Aquatic Science Research Progam, University of Victoria, Canada
Seminar Title:  Issues and Challenges of Sustaining Clean and Healthy Water and Ecosystems (Abstract)
Time:  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:  376 Newins-Ziegler Hall
Co-Host:  Florida Sea Grant and UF Emerging Pathogens
 
Thursday, December 03, 2009
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Speaker:   Carolina Murcia, Organization for Tropical Studies Science Director
Seminar Title:  Opportunities in Costa Rica with the Organization for Tropical Studies Abstract (Abstract)
Time:  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:  285 J. Wayne Reitz Union
 
Thursday, October 02, 2008
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Speaker:   Ray Huffaker, Professor and Chair, Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida
Seminar Title:  Economic dynamics of reservoir sedimentation management using hydrosuction dredging (Abstract)
Time:  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:  122 Rogers Hall
 
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
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Speaker:   Dr. Mike Trefry, Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Urban and Industrial Water, Perth Australia
Seminar Title:  Industrial and Urbanization Impacts on Groundwater Quality Near Perth in Western Australia
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:  122 Rogers Hall
 
Monday, April 23, 2007
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Speaker:   Dr. Shimon Wdowinski, Research Associate Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami
Seminar Title:  Wetland InSAR: Observations and Implications
Seminar Description:  Space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is a very reliable technique for monitoring changes of both the solid and aquatic surfaces of the Earth. SAR measures two independent observables, backscatter amplitude and phase, over a wide swath (50-400 km) with pixel resolution of 10-100 m depending on the satellite acquisition parameters. Wetland InSAR is a relatively new application of the InSAR technique that detects water level changes in aquatic environments with emergent vegetation. Although conventional wisdom suggests that interferometry does not work in vegetated areas, several studies have shown that both L- and C-band interferograms with short acquisition intervals (1-105 days) can maintain excellent coherence over wetlands. In this study we explore the usage of InSAR for detecting water level changes in various wetland environments around the world, including the Everglades (south Florida), Louisiana Coast (southern US), Pantanal (Brazil), and Okavango Delta (Botswana). Our main study area is the Everglades wetland (south Florida), which is covered by probably the densest stage network in the world (more than 200 stations), located 5-10 km from one another allowing for the evaluation of uncertainty, the ability to tie the relative InSAR observations (water level changes) to absolute reference frame and to produce high spatial-resolution (10-100 m resolution) maps of absolute water levels. See http://www.geodesy.miami.edu/.
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:  284 J. Wayne Reitz Union
 
Thursday, March 08, 2007
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Speaker:   Dr. Michael McClain, Director, FIU Global Water for Sustainability Program
Seminar Title:  FIU Global Water for Sustainability Program
Seminar Description:  GLOWS is the USAID's flagship program extending the practice of integrated water resources management in the developing world. They have active projects in South America, East Africa, and India, and are in the process of developing new projects and training courses in other parts of the world. GLOWS has a unique relationship with USAID that enables them to receive non-competitive grants to implement a broad range of water resource projects anywhere in the world where USAID operates. GLOWS has a view of identifying a broader network of potential partners and expertise to implement project activities.
Time:  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:  286 J. Wayne Reitz Union
 
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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Speaker:   Dr. Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Seminar Title:  Beyond Panaceas in Water Management
Seminar Description:  The past fifty years of water management policy have seen alternating policies emphasize the state, user groups, or markets as essential for solving water management problems. A closer look reveals that each of these has worked in some places but failed in others, especially when policies attempted to spread them over too many diverse situations. This paper examines factors to be considered when developing institutional arrangements for water management that are appropriate to local conditions. Ruth Meinzen-Dick is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She is Coordinator of the CGIAR System-wide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi). Dr. Meinzen-Dick is a development sociologist who received her MSc and PhD degrees from Cornell University. Much of her work has been interdisciplinary research on water policy, local organizations, property rights, gender analysis, and the impact of agricultural research on poverty. She has conduced field work in Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and India, where she was born and raised. She has published over 70 journal articles or book chapters, and 10 book or monographs, including Innovation in Natural Resource Management: The Role of Property Rights and Collective Action in Developing Countries, and Negotiating Water Rights.

CAPRi is a research program and network involving 15 international centers and partners at over 400 other organizations http://www.capri.cgiar.org

IFPRI - International Food Policy Research Institute http://www.ifpri.org IFPRI's mission is to provide policy solutions that cut hunger and malnutrition. IFPRI is one of 15 food and environmental research organizations supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) http://www.cgiar.org
Time:  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:  122 Rogers Hall
 
Thursday, November 09, 2006
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Speaker:   Professor Wayne C. Huber, Chair, National Research Council Review Committee on the Everglades, Oregon State University
Seminar Title:  Everglades Restoration: In Progress or in Peril?
Time:  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:  1001 New Physics Building
 
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
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Speaker:   Dr. Nancy Johnson, Economist, CIAT
Seminar Title:  Water and People in Catchments Research Theme CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food
Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:  122 Rogers Hall
 
Friday, December 02, 2005
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Speaker:   Dr. Jay Yinglin, Economist, Southwest Florida Water Management District
Seminar Title:  Florida Single Family Residential Water Rates Evaluation (Abstract)
Seminar Description:  Florida Single Family Residential Water Rates Evaluation
Time:  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:  122 Rogers Hall
 
Saturday, October 08, 2005
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Speaker:   Dr. John Morton, Environmental Specialist, World Bank
Seminar Title:  Improving the Local Environment and Combating Climate Change in Communities in Developing Countries
Time:  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:  285 J. Wayne Reitz Union
Co-Host:  Environmental Engineering Sciences & Transnational and Global Studies Center