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March 24, 2022 - Aspiring Professionals Series: Visual Understanding of Groundwater Contamination
Thursday, March 24, 2022, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Category: Events

Course Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Q&A/Networking: 6:00pm-6:30pm

Instructor: Andrew Cohen, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Moderator: Sonya Y. Ward, H2M architects + engineers
 
Description:
 
In this presentation, aspiring professionals will receive a brief overview on  groundwater modeling. Groundwater makes up 99% of all liquid freshwater and is the predominant source of water for humans globally. It provides half the global population with drinking water, and it sustains rivers, ecological systems, and irrigated agriculture. Groundwater exists as water contained in the voids of soils and rocks below ground. It is essentially a subsurface reservoir that sustains nearly all freshwater during periods of drought that are intensified with climate change.

Despite its importance, groundwater receives little attention, and to much of the population it is an unknown entity. Groundwater contamination by man-made chemicals is ubiquitous and poses a threat to sustainable groundwater management and protection. This presentation will consist of several video animations and associated discussion that describe various groundwater contamination scenarios, including contamination by widely-used solvents, petroleum products, and the recently publicized PFAS chemicals referred to as "forever chemicals." Attendees to the presentation should expect to gain a mental model of the fundamentals of groundwater flow and contamination.

Register for March 24, 2022 - Aspiring Professionals Series: Visual Understanding of Groundwater Contamination now.