Water Resources and Management

2019 H3S Spring Cyberseminar Series

Azad Heydari / Michigan Technological University
Harsh Beria / Université de Lausanne
Elmira Hassanzade / Polytechnique Montréal
Erfan Goharian / University of South Carolina

Talk Descriptions

Hydrologic impacts and trade-offs associated with forest-based bioenergy development practices in a snow-dominated watershed, Wisconsin, USA (Heydari)

Tradeoffs between biomass production, hydrologic alteration, and fertilizer use are assessed. High density, short rotation treatments for poplar production produce the optimal tradeoff. Poplar ET exceeds original land ET in summer months, decreasing streamflows by up to 50%.

Patchy snowpacks can enhance groundwater recharge in a warmer climate (Beria)

Snowmelt is known to be more efficient in recharging groundwater than rain. As climate warms, more precipitation is expected in the form of rainfall vs snowfall, which can potentially decrease the amount of groundwater recharge. Somehow counterintuitively, we show that the opposite might be more likely using a combination of stable water isotopes and streamflow recession analysis for headwater catchments spread across Switzerland.

Emerging conflicts in water management due to trade-offs between human and environmental needs (Hassanzade)

This study aims at presenting the water management challenges to meet growing human water demand while maintaining environmental needs. Examples are given from the regional water resource system in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada in terms of conflicts between developing upstream agriculture vs. downstream ecosystem livelihood in one of the North America’s largest inland deltas.

Whole Watershed Management to Maximize Total Water Storage (Goharian)

Growing water scarcity, due to natural and anthropogenic forces, in many parts of the world has a profound effect on human, agricultural, and environmental water needs. These concerns call for a stringent evaluation of future water resources sustainability and security. While the public and water resources planners habitually look to surface reservoirs for storage solutions, we show how total system water storage can be increased through reoperation of both the surface and subsurface reservoirs.

Note: The recording will be published at a later date due to unpublished work.

2019 H3S Spring Cyberseminar Series: Early career scientists conquer new frontiers: an H3S conversation

Hosted by CUAHSI and AGU's H3S

For the month of April, H3S, AGU's Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee, will be taking over CUAHSI's Cyberseminar series. Each of the four seminars will showcase talks by four early career scientists studying some of the most pressing issues around hydrology and beyond, including 1) Coastal Dynamics in a Changing World, 2) Rivers and Lakes Under a Changing Climate, 3) Water Resources and Management, and 4) Water Pollution and Quality. Scientists will give short presentations on the week's theme followed by a brief Q&A.