WKU geoscientist coordinating U.N. water workshop in Turkey
|Date: Thursday, May 29th, 2014||Return to Archive|
WKU Distinguished Professor of Hydrogeology Chris Groves is in Ankara, Turkey, this week, where he is coordinating a water resources meeting under the auspices of the United Nations’ International Geoscience Program.
Dr. Groves developed the idea for the Workshop on Sharing Experiences on Karst Water Resources in the Middle East in his role as co-leader of the International Geoscience Program’s Project IGCP/SIDA 598, Environmental Change and Sustainability in Karst Systems. Funding for the project has been provided by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) along with the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). This year the project has a mandate to enhance capacity building in Africa and the Middle East.
Participants in the workshop represent 11 countries, including Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Algeria and Turkey.
“By making presentations on karst water resource challenges in the various countries, participants are developing synergy and hopefully identifying ideas for potential future cooperation,” said Michel Bakalowicz of France’s Montpellier University. Professor Bakalowicz has worked extensively in the Middle East and was instrumental in identifying key scientists working in the region to participate.
While some challenges are similar in karst regions around the world, some discussed here were specific to the region. “After hearing Jordanian hydrogeologist Mohammad Al Hyari describe a karst spring in Jordan contaminated with waste from olive oil production,” Dr. Groves said, “discussion revealed that in fact this turns out to be pretty common problem around the Mediterranean countries.”
Participants were astounded to learn that in some dry countries high water demand produce such as oranges and tomatoes are grown with costly irrigation and then shipped to water-rich countries in Europe, essentially equivalent to exporting “virtual water” from parched desert regions. In water-starved Morocco, water tables in the country are dropping by more than five feet per year when this happens.
Swiss scientist Myriam Saadé-Sbeih also talked about how her team’s hydrologic fieldwork in Syria has become too dangerous to complete because of the war there.
WKU geoscience graduate student Laura Osterhoudt, a May 2014 graduate from Louisville, was responsible for helping with administrative tasks organizing the workshop and is in Turkey participating in the event with a presentation on innovative methods for monitoring karst water resources.
The event is being hosted by the Hacettepe University’s International Research and Application Center for Karst Water Resources, led by renowned Turkish karst scientist Professor Mehmet Ekmekçi.
Contact: Geography & Geology, (270) 745-4555.
- All Categories
- Academic Outreach
- Continuing & Professional Development
- Distance Learning
- Summer Sessions
- Winter Term
- Career & Workforce Development
- Lifelong Learning
- Society for Lifelong Learning
- WKU On Demand
- Study Away
- Faculty-Led Study Abroad
- Center for Faculty Development
- Cohort Programs
- Dual Credit
- Conferencing & Catering
- All Categories
- March 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS October 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2012 E-Newsletter
- April 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS November 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2013 E-Newsletter
- JUNE 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS May/June 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2013 E-Newsletter
- Archived CHHS News
- CHHS October 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2015 E-Newsletter
- December 2015 ICYMI
- January 2016 ICYMI
- MAY 2016 ICYMI
- February 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS July 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2011 E-Newsletter
Tuesday, Aug 23rd
Kelsey Bullock, a graduate student in the Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Science, will intern with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Building upon decades of partnership in academic programs to train clinicians to meet the growing demand for additional healthcare professionals, Med Center Health and WKU on Friday (Aug. 19) announced that the hospital will begin construction of the Med
Schulte is a behavioral ecologist who specializes in the chemical aspects of ecology and animal behavior. He studies the use of chemical signaling as a mode of communication in animals and how this affects their behavior in a broader sense.
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,