18 oktober 2018: Boussinesq Lecture door Reed Maxwell

Geplaatst: 10-10-2018

This year professor Reed Maxwell (Colorado School of Mines, USA) is the Boussinesq Lecturer 2018. On October 18th at Utrecht University, he will give his lecture entitled:

"Scientific discovery through computational hydrology: Elucidating connections between groundwater flow and transpiration partitioning"

Understanding freshwater fluxes at continental scales will help us better predict hydrologic response and manage our terrestrial water resources. For example, better understanding partitioning of evapotranspiration into bare soil evaporation and plant transpiration, the role of warming on snowmelt dominated headwaters catchments, and the response to the residence time of water from geology and climate are examples of key questions in the terrestrial water cycle. Computational Hydrology is an additional tool to study interactions water fluxes and stores across the critical zone. We used integrated hydrologic simulations that couple vegetation and land energy processes with surface and subsurface hydrology to advance these topics with a focus on transpiration partitioning at the continental scale. These high resolution, transient simulations encompass the major watersheds of the United States and demonstrate great complexity in hydrologic and land energy states. Results demonstrate a novel connection between lateral groundwater flow and terrestrial water budgets. This work reconciles systematic differences between global observations and global land surface models. This suggests that lateral groundwater flow, which is generally simplified or excluded in earth system models, may provide a missing link to reconciling observations and global models of terrestrial water fluxes.

You are all invited to attend this interesting lecture. Other speakers of the day are: Inge de Graaf (Freiburg University, Germany) [ “Global groundwater modelling and environmental flows”] and Wim Thiery (Free University of Brussels, Belgium) [“Irrigation versus global warming”] and in the morning we are setting up an interesting program where our PhD-candidates present their latest results. On our website you can find the latest information about the program: http://www.boussinesqcenter.nl/bc/boussinesq-lecture-2018/

Attending the Boussinesq Lecture is free of charge, but registration is required via: https://goo.gl/forms/N0KGp8NjDOAhVYfB3

Note that the location of the Boussinesq Lecture has been changed. The morning program is in the Botanical Gardens of Utrecht University and the lunch plus afternoon program is at the nearby Theatron room. Please check http://www.boussinesqcenter.nl/bc/boussinesq-lecture-2018/ for directions.