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The 5th UF Water Institute Symposium

The UF Water Institute continued its tradition of bringing together scientists, industry representatives and public policy makers to focus on critical issues confronting Florida’s water future at the 5th UF Water Institute Symposium. The two-day gathering provided a refreshing venue for cross-disciplinary dialogue with over 325 participants focused on understanding causes of trends, cycles and extreme events and the consequences for human, agricultural and natural systems. Dr. James S. Famiglietti provided the keynote (click here for video) and the program of over 160 contributed oral and poster presentations, and panel discussions addressed new science, technology, and policy around the following themes:
  • DRIVERS of and interactions among trends, cycles and extreme events
  • IMPACTS to coastal, surface water and aquifer systems
  • SOLUTIONS that integrate science, technology, policy and management
Linking Water Science and Art has been a constant theme in all five of the WI Symposia by integrating painting, photography, or musical compositions. This year took us into the art of the written word by partnering with the unique collaborative effort at UF entitled “Imagining Climate Change: Science & Fiction in Dialogue.” The WI Symposium’s penultimate plenary session hosted the ICC Colloquium opening roundtable that featured authors, scholars, and scientists committed to the work of imagining our collective climate futures. UF President Kent Fuchs opened the session with brief remarks on Water, Science and Art, providing some personal reflections. Cynthia Barnett, award-winning environmental journalist and author, highlighted the ICC roundtable in the context of the Symposium goals and the potential synergies of science, journalism, and creative fiction in communicating complex water and climate issues to the public. The video of the entire Session is available at this link. Specific portions of the video are viewable at the links below: The final plenary anchored us in reality of the importance of secure water future for Florida. Panel members shared personal and institutional perspectives of major threats to secure and sustainable water resources and mechanisms to overcome these threats through policy, regulation, management and conservation. The Session is available at this link.

For details on the 5th UF Water Institute Symposium program, presentations and participants, check out the links below:

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