Saturday Symposium: The Next 50 Years

National Ground Water Association - UA Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium

Hydrology: The Next 50 Years

A day-long symposium focusing on the future of hydrology from the perspectives of hydrologic science, hydrologic education, the professional practice of hydrology, and the water and energy sector.   The luncheon speakers will talk about water law from the perspective of integrated surface water and groundwater. 


Speaker: Peter Troch (audio not captured)

Speaker: David Goodrich

Speaker: Fred Phillips

Venue:  Arizona Historical Society (Arizona History Museum), 949 East Second Street (corner of Second Street and Park Avenue), Tucson, Arizona

Parking:  Parking (free) is available one block west of the museum in the Arizona Historical Society garage (aka the Main Gate Garage next to Marriott Hotel, upper left on the map).  The garage is located at the northeast corner of East Second Street and North Euclid Avenue.  Use the Second Street entrance to the parking garage.  Parking is free for museum visitors (validated in the museum).

Agenda (includes abstracts)                                                                                      

Invited Speakers

Peter A. Troch - The Landscape Evolution Observatory: A large-scale controllable infrastructure to study coupled Earth surface processes

Introduction by Jon Chorover

Biosketch  Peter Troch is a surface water hydrologist whose current research involves seasonal, decadal, and climate predictions of water availability in semi-arid river basins, as well as developing research infrastructure to investigate Critical Zone processes across climate gradients. He is a Professor with the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, Science Director of UA Biosphere 2, a member of the editorial board of Hydrological Processes, editor of special issues in Advances in Water Resources and Journal of Hydrometeorology, associate editor of Water Resources Research, and an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He has published over 140 papers in refereed international journals dealing with flash flood forecasting, catchment classification and similarity, land slide and debris flow modeling, remote sensing applications in hydrology and data assimilation, climate variability and climate change impacts on water availability, and the role of vegetation on hydrologic partitioning at catchment scales. He has been involved in several international airborne and spaceborne remote sensing experiments in hydrology. In 2011 Troch received the John Dalton Medal awarded by the European Geosciences Union for his seminal contributions to hydrology in the areas of modeling, remote sensing, and development of new ecohydrologic theories. He is currently one of four inaugural Agnese Nelms Haury Chairs in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. 

Daniel Tartakosky - Probability and Risk in Groundwater Modeling


Introduction by Don Zhang

David C. Goodrich - The Upper San Pedro: A stakeholder-scientist partnership for research to meet decision needs


Introduction by Thomas Meixner

Fred Phillips - The doctrine of prior appropriation: Can 19th century water law meet the challenges of water management in the 21st century southwest?


Fred Phillips received a B.A. degree in Earth Science from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1976 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona in 1979 and 1981.  His advisor for both degrees was Stanley N. Davis.  Notably, this academic progress was achieved despite the ‘animal-house’ working environment provided by his officemates Peter Martin, Louis Meschede, and Carmen Parada.  Since 1981 he has been with the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, in Socorro, New Mexico, where from 2004 to 2015 he was Director of the Hydrology Program and he is now Emeritus Professor of Hydrology.  He has authored over 150 scientific publications.  Areas of research during his career include dating and tracing old groundwater, especially using 36Cl, paleohydrology, especially of the pluvial lakes of the American Southwest, hydrodynamics of deep desert vadose zones, groundwater recharge processes, runoff generation in mountainous environments, systematics of cosmogenic nuclides and their use for landform dating, Quaternary geochronology using surface-exposure dating, and Quaternary paleoclimatology.  He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union, and has received the F.W. Clarke Medal (Geochemical Society), the O.E. Meinzer Award (GSA), the Kirk Bryan Award (GSA), and the New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Award.  He served as the 1994 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer for the Hydrogeology Division of the GSA.

Introduction by Marek Zreda

Panel Moderators

Hoshin V. Gupta - Panel on The Future of Hydrologic Science


Juan B. Valdes - Panel on The Future of Hydrologic Education


Jennifer C. McIntosh - Panel on Water and the Energy Sector


Thomas Meixner - Panel on The Future of Professional Practice in Hydrology


Panel Members

Ardeth Barnhart

Hale Barter

Jesus Carrera

Bonnie Colby

Jesse Dickinson

Lorne Everett

Graham Fogg

Thomas Harter

Laurel Lacher

John McCray

Gretchen Oelsner

Stephen Osborn

Christopher Scott

Martha Whitaker

Xubin Zeng

Luncheon Speakers

A Conversation with Thomas Maddock III and Robert Glennon:  Ground Water, Surface Water, and The Law

Moderated by Susan Ward Harris

Thomas Maddock III


Robert Glennon