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Photo courtesy of Rafa Muñoz-Carpena,
Tour of a natural wetland
experimental site in Costa Rica, near the Tempisque Basin. 




JANUARY 18, 2012 - Distinguished
Scholar Seminar: Andrea Rinaldo, Professor of Hydrology and Water
Resources; 3:00 p.m., Reitz Union, Room 282

MARCH 01, 2012 - Dr.
Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Professor for Resources Management and Endowed Chair
of the German Environmental Foundation - 3:00 p.m., 209 Emerson Alumni

More information about speakers and events

December 6, 2011

Volume I, Issue 2

A word from the Director:
 I am pleased to announce
a new feature of the UF Water Institute website. In addition to a
comprehensive and searchable database of Water Institute Affiliate
Faculty Expertise and Projects, our website now has a searchable
Publications database featuring Water Institute Affiliate Faculty
documents. This growing collection of peer reviewed publications, final
reports, working papers, and other publications provides access to the
unique interdisciplinary research that the Water Institute and its
affiliate faculty members conduct, with topics spanning the WI research
thrust areas. Please help us expand this database by emailing citations
and/or PDFs of water-related publications from your research group that
you would like to include to [log in to unmask] [6]. Explore the current
database at Water Institute Publications [7] and let us know if there
are publications that you would like to include. 

Graham, Ph.D.
 Water Institute Director   

New NSF grant funds
collaborative effort in the Tempisque Basin, Costa Rica
 This fall, a
group of Water Institute affiliate faculty, with Rafa Muñoz-Carpena [8]
as PI, were awarded a National Science Foundation planning grant to
assess water sustainability in the Tempisque Basin, in NW Costa Rica.
The site, in the dry Guanacaste western area of Costa Rica, contains a
wetland of international importance and is stressed by both increasing
water use and degrading water quality. The goals are to conduct in-depth
quantitative analysis of the sustainability of water supply and demand,
explore model-based scenarios of climate impacts on ecosystems services
through changing biodiversity and land use, and investigate potential to
maintain and improve water availability, water quality and ecosystem
services. Project personnel from Environmental Engineering, Agricultural
and Biological Engineering, Food and Resource Economics, School of
Forest Resources and Conservation, Geography, Levin College of Law and
Anthropology at UF are working with researchers at Duke
University/Organization for Tropical Studies, Arizona State University,
the University of South Florida, Columbia University in New York as well
as multiple universities and Institutions in Costa Rica. During this
one-year project, Kathleen McKee [9] will assist working groups to
define common research goals, agree on mechanisms for coordination and
to write a full proposal to the National Science Foundation next Fall.
Two workshops will be held during the year, in Gainesville (December 2)
and in Palo Verde National Park (April 2012). 

EPA designates the UF
Water Institute as a Center of Excellence
 The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Region 4 has named the UF Water Institute as a Center of
Excellence in Watershed Management (CEWM) with a memorandum of
understanding among UF, the EPA and the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection. The UF Water Institute was designated a Center
of Excellence based on demonstrated technical expertise to address water
quality issues on a watershed-scale. "We are pleased to be named as a
Center of Excellence for Watershed Management", said UF Water Institute
Director Wendy Graham. "This designation highlights the Water
Institute's strong commitment to partner with watershed-based
stakeholder groups and state and local agencies to tackle critical water
issues requiring holistic interdisciplinary approaches." Faculty from
IFAS Extension and the Law School's Conservation clinic initiated the
idea and are working with stakeholders in the Lower St. Johns River,
Orange Creek Basin and the Blackwater River. The center maintains a
listserv of interested staff and faculty and meets periodically to share
watershed improvement efforts and to pursue funding opportunities. See
the new website [10] for more information. If you would like to get
involved with the CEWM, contact Kathleen McKee [11].  

 HSAC elects new
chair; website redesigned
 The Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster
(HSAC), administered by the Water Institute, provides an
interdisciplinary curriculum for graduate students pursuing careers in
water-related science, engineering, policy, planning and management.
Water Institute affiliate faculty member Jim Jawitz, Professor in the
Soil and Water Science Department, was elected as the chair of the HSAC
program for 2011-2012. Past chairs include Matt Cohen of the School of
Forest Resources & Conservation and Rafael Munoz-Carpena of Agricultural
and Biological Engineering. The program currently includes 26 students
from eight departments in three colleges. 

 The HSAC website has
recently been redesigned with the addition of detailed information on
the program, and it now reflects all alumni as well as current students.
If you are interested in participating in the program, more information
can be found on the HSAC Website [12]. 

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