The Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) and the School of Environment and Sustainability are proud to present a weekly seminar series featuring top water experts from around the world. These lectures are free and open to the public. Graduate students are encouraged to also enroll in the series for credit (as part of ENVS 898, Breakthroughs in Water Security Research).

All lectures will be held on Wednesdays in the Innovation Place Candle Room at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

All lectures will be available via live stream video below:

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27: William Dietrich, University of California, Berkeley


4: Ximing Cai, University of Illinois 
11: Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
25: Ying Fan Reinfelder, Rutgers University


1: Roy Brouwer, University of Waterloo
8: Scott Tyler, University of Nevada, Reno 
15: Tim Burt, Durham University
22: Barbara Sherwood-Loller, University of Toronto

Past Lecture Series

November 16, Dara Entekhabi, MIT: Tracking the Global Water Cycle with the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission

November 2, Susan L. Brantley, Penn State University: How Rocks, Water and Living Organisms Turn Rock into Soil

October 26, Jim Hall, University of Oxford: Risk-Based Water Resources Planning Under Uncertainty

October 19, Chris Soulsby, University of Aberdeen: Breakthroughs in Tracer-Aided Modelling

October 12, Doerthe Tetzlaff, University of Aberdeen: Advances in Ecohydrology in Changing Northern Regions

October 5, Alberto Montanari, University of Bologna: Seeking a Step Forward in Research and Education in Water Science

September 28, Susan Hubbard, UC Berkeley - Effects of Climate Change on Watershed Dynamics: Insights from Geophysical Methods

September 21, Hoshin Gupta, University of Arizona - A General Theory of Learning with Models & Data

September 14, Günter Blöschl, Vienna University of Technology - Breakthroughs in Flood Research

September 16, Anne Nolin, Oregon State University, Advances in measuring, modeling and understanding the consequences of climate change on snow hydrology

September 23, Sally Thompson, University of California Berkeley, Trying to understand four decades of hydrologic change in a rapidly urbanizing, minimally-monitored basin, in the context of a growing water crisis

September 30, Kent Keller, Washington State University, Chemical weathering: Challenges for Earth, life and water scientists

October 7, Claudia Pahl-Wostl, University of Osnabrück, Water governance in the face of gobal change: From understanding to transformation

October 14, Klement Tockner, Freie Universität Berlin, A global view on future major water engineering projects

October 21, Charles Vorosmarty, City University of New York, The freshwater debates: Simmering battles in the water sciences, assessment and management communities

October 28, Brian Berkowitz, Weizmann Institute of Science, The fastest path is not a straight line: Preferential flows in soils and groundwater

November 4, Dorthe Wildenschild, Oregon State University, Demystifying the pore: Using high-resolution imaging to better understand fluid flow in porous media

November 18, Richard Vogel, Tufts University, Hydrologic design in the Anthropocene

September 10, James Kirchner, ETH Zurich, Breakthroughs in water quality analysis

September 17, Sampurno Bruijnzeel, Free University Amsterdam, Breakthroughs in Tropical landuse change impacts

September 24, Dave White, Arizona State University, Breakthroughs in water sustainability in semi-arid regions

October 8, Hubert Savenije, Delft University of Technology, Breakthroughs in landscape-based rainfall-runoff

October 15, Kevin Bishop, Swedish University of Agricultural Studies, Breakthroughs in the biogeochemistry of Nordic aquatic systems

October 22, Kamini Singha, Colorado School of Mines, Quantifying transient storage with electrical geophysics

October 29, Amilcare Porporato, Duke University, Soil moisture dynamics and stoichiometry controls on soil nutrient cycling

November 5, Christina Tague, University of California Santa Barbara, Forest ecology and drought: Why geology matters!

November 12, Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University, Breakthroughs in water negotiations: Rationality, spirituality and shared waters

November 19, Sonia Seneviratne, ETH Zurich, Effects of land hydrology on atmospheric processes and climate change

September 11, Dani Or, ETH Zurich, Breakthroughs in soil physics

September 18, John Selker, Oregon State University, Breakthroughs in instrumentation

September 25, Peter Troch, The University of Arizona, Breakthroughs in lab experiments

October 3, Keith Beven, Lancaster University, Breakthroughs in uncertainty estimation

October 9, Larry Band, University of North Carolina, Breakthroughs in hydroecological modelling

October 16, Harry Vereecken, Bonn University, Breakthroughs in watershed observatory networks

October 30, Leroy Poff, Colorado State University, Breakthroughs in instream flow modelling

November 6, Efi Foufoula-Georgious, University of Minnesota, Breakthroughs in engineering hydrology

November 13, Irena Creed, University of Western Ontario, Breakthroughs in aquatic ecosystem science

November 20, Carol Kendall, United States Geological Survey, Breakthroughs in isotope hydrology

November 27, Siva Sivapalan, University of Illinois, Breakthroughs in socio-hydrology