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Carbon – Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (C-NSPIRE) graduate certificate

This new certificate builds on the foundation provided by the National Science Foundation Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE) IGERT program that provided students with rigorous multidisciplinary training in C and N cycling and an integrated view of C and N science coupled with the ability to effectively communicate with public policy makers.

The goal of this program is to give graduate students a critical scientific understanding of the elemental cycles and understand how scientific research informs policy needed to address environmental and global change issues.  Participants in this program will receive hands-on training to improve their communication skills and opportunities to practice bridging the gap between biophysical science and policy creation and implementation.

A limited number of graduate Research Assistantships are available for students in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, the College and Arts and Sciences, the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and the Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program.

Applications for the Fall 2016 semester are due May 13, 2016.  For more information and to submit an application, please visit: https://cereo.wsu.edu/c-nspire-certificate-program

Please join AWRA-UW students and water resources professionals for an evening of networking.

The event will feature a panel discussion of water resources professionals and a session of speed networking. Light refreshments will be provided. Advice and mentorship from professionals provides students with the information they need to make informed career decisions.

To register for this event, please go to http://goo.gl/forms/5ILVg8Vr4d
Professionals interested in volunteering, please contact the AWRA-WA Student Chapter at awra@uw.edu. Thank you!

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 6 – 8 pm

EXPLAINING THE INTRICACIES OF SEDIMENT TRANSPORT AT DIFFERENT SCALES WITH COMPUTATIONAL AND THEORETICAL APPROACHES

Seminar by Dr. Fabian A. Bombardelli

Date: Mon., April 25, 2016
Place: PACCAR 202
Time: 10:10 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

EXPLAINING THE INTRICACIES OF SEDIMENT TRANSPORT AT DIFFERENT SCALES WITH COMPUTATIONAL AND THEORETICAL APPROACHES
Examples of multi-phase flows are diverse: dust storms, sediment transport in rivers and estuaries, bubble plumes, and many other natural and man-made applications. To study sediment transport, the field is transitioning from old regressions of last 70 years, to mechanistic models, which combine deterministic and stochastic approaches. For reasons which are unclear, and despite the leadership of civil engineers in the field of sediment transport, the theory of two-phase flows has been developed elsewhere. These models address the interaction of carrier and disperse phases.
Still, it is not clear what to use for a given level of concentration, and for the objective of a given study. Furthermore, the action of turbulence needs to be quantified carefully depending on the problem at hand, and phenomena such as sediment entrainment need to be accounted for.
In this presentation, I describe a novel framework to analyze sediment transport, which clearly puts forward a pathway for the analysis of a host of problems. We present the application of this framework to solve the problem of sediment in suspension. For the case of transport of sediment as bed-load, we present a Lagrangian model which tracks each particle individually and addresses the Non-Fickian behavior of the particles; followed by a new computational algorithm for the Basset force. Finally, we describe theoretical and numerical approaches to deal with two-phase flows. The presentation concludes with an analysis of future work and the challenges to overcome

Examples of multi-phase flows are diverse: dust storms, sediment transport in rivers and estuaries, bubble plumes, and many other natural and man-made applications. To study sediment transport, the field is transitioning from old regressions of last 70 years, to mechanistic models, which combine deterministic and stochastic approaches. For reasons which are unclear, and despite the leadership of civil engineers in the field of sediment transport, the theory of two-phase flows has been developed elsewhere. These models address the interaction of carrier and disperse phases.
Still, it is not clear what to use for a given level of concentration, and for the objective of a given study. Furthermore, the action of turbulence needs to be quantified carefully depending on the problem at hand, and phenomena such as sediment entrainment need to be accounted for.
In this presentation, I describe a novel framework to analyze sediment transport, which clearly puts forward a pathway for the analysis of a host of problems. We present the application of this framework to solve the problem of sediment in suspension. For the case of transport of sediment as bed-load, we present a Lagrangian model which tracks each particle individually and addresses the Non-Fickian behavior of the particles; followed by a new computational algorithm for the Basset force. Finally, we describe theoretical and numerical approaches to deal with two-phase

An Illiquid Market in the Desert: The Role of Interest Groups in Shaping Environmental Regulaton

A seminar by Dr. Eric Edwards
Friday, April 22 at 3:10pm in UI Hubert room 27

ABSTRACT
We present a lobby model to explain the adoption and persistence of seemingly costly environmental  policies relative to the likely benefits generated. The arguments of the model are illustrated by water  trade restrictions for mining firms in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The area is one of the driest  in the world but also the world’s top copper producer. Due to regulation of access to local water in  the region, firms have begun using desalinated water at a cost of up to $19,542 per m3/day while agricultural  water trades at median price of $343 per m3/day. We explore how governmental maintenance of environmental  and indigenous water supplies through restrictions on water trades causes these large price differentials.  We provide a simple framework that explains how this type of policy can be supported under reasonable  assumptions about lobbying. Interest group lobbying, limited information to unorganized general citizens  about policy costs and benefits, and their associated distribution can lead to strong regulation, even  when the protected environmental areas and agricultural populations are small and isolated. Differencein-  difference modeling of sector prices indicates that after an abrupt increase in regulatory denials,  prices diverged in a manner consistent with the lobbying model. Using market price and desalination  cost data, policy costs are estimated at $6.15 billion dollars or approximately $350 per citizen, which  may or may not equate to perceived general benefits.

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WSU Innovators on April 12th – Seattle Marriott Waterfront

  2016 LECTURE
Stormwater detox How natural infrastructure can help save salmon
When stormwater drains from roadways, parking lots, and rooftops, it carries a torrent of pollutants into local rivers and streams. The runoff is toxic enough to kill adult coho salmon in just a few hours. The problem is so vast that stormwater runoff has become the biggest source of pollution in the Puget Sound.  WSU scientist Dr. Jenifer McIntyre has discovered new ways to mitigate the lethal effects of stormwater runoff. Her lecture reveals what you and others can do to restore water quality in your community.
Reserve your seat today Reservations required by Tuesday, April 5. Hosted by your friends at WSU.  April 12, 2016  |  4:00 p.m. Seattle Marriott Waterfront 2100 Alaskan Way

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Reception to follow, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Gratis for our guests, the reception will feature Chateau Ste. Michelle wines, Pike Locale beers, and locally sourced fare.  Questions? Ann Goos 206-465-5136

Earth Lab is hiring 7 new Post-Doctoral Research Scholars

Earth Lab is a new initiative launched in September 2015 by the University of Colorado-Boulder as part of the campus-wide Grand Challenge effort called “Our Space. Our Future.” Earth Lab’s mission is to harness the wave of Earth observations from space and integrate them to answer outstanding questions about the pace and pattern of environmental change, from our backyards to our world.   Post-Doctoral Research Scholars: Application DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 18, 2016

SEE FULL AD HERE: http://www.colorado.edu/geography/jkbalch/jkbprofile/Earth_Lab_Jobs!.html TO APPLY, please go to the CU Careers website (www.cu.edu/careers). You can access the online application by searching for the posting # 03473, or you can go to this link directly: https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=03473&lang=en#.VqZeVJjCKRA.gmail For general inquiries regarding Earth Lab jobs, please contact Chelsea Nagy at: Rachel.Nagy@Colorado.EDU

Call for Posters: BioEarth All-Hand Meeting due Feb 12.

Climate, Land Use, Agriculture and Natural Resources:
Activities in Interdisciplinary Research, Education and Outreach 3:00-5:30pm on Thursday, Feb 25, 2016
Location: PACCAR Town Square (2001 Grimes Way)
Pullman Campus, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Submission Details
Abstract submission deadline: Friday, February 12
E-mail abstracts to: Jacqueline McCabe, jacquem@wsu.edu
Poster Size Restrictions: horizontal dimension of 48 in

Data Flow Conference Registration is now open!

 

Monday, May 09, 2016-Tuesday, May 10, 2016
LSU Lod Cook Conference Center 3838 W Lakeshore Drive Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70808
water.lsu.edu #dataflow16

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Visit water.lsu.edu/registration/ to register for Data Flow 2016! STUDENT REGISTRATION SCHOLARSHIPS Louisiana Sea Grant is sponsoring registration scholarships for student presenters. Stay tuned for more information!
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE EXTENDED
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Monday, February 1, 2016.
Download the Call for Abstracts

 

Call for Abstracts: 2016 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference, June 21-23, 2016

The USGS Institute and NOAA Sea Grant Programs will be hosting a special session at the 2016 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference, June 21-23, 2016 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach, Florida.

Special Session
Sea Grant College Programs and Water Resources Research Institutes: Research and Partnerships Investigating Land-Sea Interface

NOAA Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) and the USGS Water Resources Research Institutes (WRRI) through the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) are both Federal-State partnerships federally mandated to address the Nation’s oceans, coastal, Great Lakes, and water resources issues. Sea Grant is working on integrated research, education and outreach including water issues to assist coastal communities. The Institutes focus research and student training to address water issues related to resource availability, infrastructure and ecosystem services in watersheds. These programs intersect at the land-sea interface and in some locations over entire watersheds, but no coordinated effort to explore and exploit synergistic capacity between the Federal Agencies has occurred to date. Focusing on the significant aspect of the connection between coastal waters and the fresh water inputs they receive, we welcome submissions demonstrating the intersecting foci described above and/or where Sea Grant and NIWR have partnered on research, education and/or outreach efforts.

Earl Greene, USGS, Chief of External Research, eagreene@usgs.gov
Darren Lerner, University of Hawaii, Director, Sea Grant College Program and Interim Director, Water Resources Research Center, lerner@hawaii.edu
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