Water underground talks video series launched to elevate diverse voices and groundwater research

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Recently, a series of video interviews was launched entitled "Water underground talks". In these interviews, groundwater experts from all around the world share their passion for this hidden resource and tell about their latest research. The aim for this series was to share a critical yet positive and forward-looking perspective. Water underground talks is an initiative of the University of Victoria and Università di Pisa. IGRAC is one of the partner organisations and has been responsible for editing the videos. 

Why Water Underground Talks?

It has been a challenging year of a pandemic, all set against a backdrop of other global challenges including climate change and food security. Therefore, it is important to link groundwater with these challenges and to stay positive using science and work as scientists to contribute to a better future. 

Launched videos

  1. Veena Srinivasan (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment), India: Data innovation and visualization of an invisible, common pool resource;
  2. Debra Perrone (University of California, Santa Barbara), USA: Leveraging hidden data to promote our understanding of groundwater sustainability;
  3. Joanna Doummar (American University of Beirut), Lebanon: Characterisation of karst systems in semi-arid Mediterranean regions - from monitoring to modelling;
  4. Şebnem Arslan (Ankara University), Turkey: Tracing the exciting underground journey of water molecules with isotopes;
  5. Dongmei Han (Chinese Academy of Sciences), China: How over-exploitation of groundwater has resulted in seawater intrusion and land subsidence in the North China Plain
  6. Alice Aureli (UNESCO, Paris), France: Transboundary aquifers and the new initiatives to raise the profile of groundwater internationally
  7. Juan Castilla-Rho (University of Technology Sydney), Australia: Participatory modelling, social simulation and decision making for groundwater resource management; and
  8. Inge de Graaf (Wageningen University), the Netherlands: The environmental limit of groundwater pumping.

Upcoming videos

  • Daniel Olago (University of Nairobi), Kenya: Addressing challenges in sourcing for, development and management of groundwater supplies in arid and semi-arid lands;
  • Rim Trabelsi (Laboratory of Radio-Analysis and Environment), Tunisia: Who will discuss the groundwater-energy-food nexus approach; and
  • Karen Villholth (IWMI), South Africa: Groundwater, sustainable development and nature-based solutions.

For the latest groundwater-related video's, please subscribe to the YouTube channels of IGRAC and Water Underground Talks.