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2018 Distinguished Lecture Series

The Global Institute for Water Security and Global Water Futures 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. 

All lectures will be held on Wednesdays in the National Hydrology Research Centre (NHRC) Seminar Room (1261) at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated.


19: Ciaran Harman, Johns Hopkins University (Bio

26: Martyn Clark, National Center for Atmospheric Research (Bio)


3: Witold Krajewski, University of Iowa (Bio)

10: Adam Ward, Indiana University (Bio

17: Barbara Sherwood-Lollar, University of Toronto (Bio) 

24: Steven Loheide, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Bio

31: Andras Bardossy, University of Stuttgart (Bio)


7: Alex Konings, Stanford University (Bio

21: Jennifer McIntosh, University of Arizona (Bio

Past Lecture Series

The Global Institute for Water Security and Global Water Futures would like to thank all of our speakers. Please enjoy these recorded lectures below or on the GIWS YouTube Channel.

Week 1, September 19, Ciaran Harman, Johns Hopkins University, The modern theory of catchment transit times and its discontents


Week 2, September 26, Dr. Martyn Clark, Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Advances in continental-domain hydrologic modeling and prediction

Week 3, October 3rd, Dr. Witold Krajewski, Professor at the University of Iowa, Is it the model or is it the rainfall?

Week 4, October 10th, Dr. Adam Ward, University of Indiana, Breakthroughs in river corridor research

Week 5, October 17, Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University of Toronto, Search for surviving remnants of ealry water on Earth

Week 6, October 24, Dr. Steven Loheide, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Two-way interactions between groundwater and food systems

Week 7, October 31, Dr. András Bárdossy University of Stuttgart, Impossible mission of hydrolgical modelling 

Week 8, Nov 7, Dr. Alex Konings, Stanford University, Using microwave remote sensing to study plant water stress resonse

Week 9, Nov 21, Dr. Jennifer McIntosh, University of Arizona, Human impacts on the deep terrestrial water cycle

September 27, William Dietrich, University Califorina, Berkeley: The soil is not enough -- Going Inside Hillslopes to Understand Moisture Return to the Atmosphere, and Controls on Tree Distribution, Stream Ecosystems and Landscape Evolution

Oct. 4, Ximing Cai, University of Illinois: The Human Dimension of Water Resources Systems: Implications for Research and Management Practices

Oct. 11, Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute: Ecological Puzzles and a Passion for Lakes: Cyanobacteria, Sensors, Citizens and Scientists

Oct. 25, Ying Fan Reinfelder, Rutgers University: Three Hydrologic Depths of the Earth’s Critical Zone

Nov.1, Roy Brouwer, University of Waterloo: Integrated Economics into Water Policy and Decision Making 

Nov. 8, Scott Tyler, University of Nevada, Reno: Advances in Cryosphere Monitoring: Measuring Antarctic Ice Shelf Stability and Ocean Dynamics using Fiber-Optic Sensing

Nov. 15, Tim Burt, Durham University: Dancing in the Rain: On the Value of Fieldwork in the Hydrological Sciences

Nov. 22, Jeff McDonnell, University of Saskatchewan: Compartmentalization of the Terrestrial Water Cycle

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