Water Institute Faculty and Students:  The webinars below are free and open to all who are interested.



Wendy Graham, Ph. D.
Carl S. Swisher Chair in Water Resources
Director UF Water Institute
PO Box 116601
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-6601

Phone 352-294-7741
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Upcoming Webinars on COVID-19 


Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Ocean Activities
May 20, 2:15-3:15 PM EDT





The current pandemic situation with restrictions on travel and gatherings, and the need for social distancing to prevent COVID-19 transmission, has created special challenges for ocean-based activities, particularly sea-going activities whether for research, at-sea operations, or recreational boating.  This webinar will uncover some of these challenges and ongoing concerns, and plans to address them going forward. Learn more


Wastewater Monitoring for COVID-19 Disease Surveillance
May 27, 11-1:30 PM EDT





Researchers around the world are currently exploring ways that wastewater samples can help us understand the spread of COVID-19 at a community scale. This webinar will feature a panel discussion with experts on public health and wastewater monitoring to discuss the potential value of data on SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater to inform public health management and what is needed to build a useful surveillance network. Learn more


Reopening after COVID-19: Ensuring Safe Water Supplies at the Building Scale
May 27, 2:30-4:30 PM EDT





The COVID-19 pandemic has led to sweeping closures of public buildings, businesses, offices, and schools. With minimal water use, water quality in building plumbing can degrade and foster the growth of the bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Legionnaires’ disease incidence has been increasing over the past few decades, and without appropriate water management actions, cases could increase sharply after schools and workplaces reopen. A panel of experts will discuss the state of knowledge for building water management to protect public health when reopening after COVID-19. Learn More


Air Quality, Climate Variability, and COVID-19 
May 28, 1:00-3:00 PM EDT





As the global community has raced to understand the COVID-19 pandemic, questions have arisen about how the virus is carried in aerosols, exposure risk in indoor and outdoor environments, how the changes in seasons or climate conditions might affect transmission, and how exposure to air pollution might affect mortality from the virus. This webinar will feature recent atmospheric, climate, and epidemiological research that is contributing to our understanding of the virus transmission, as well as a discussion of how agencies across the federal government are building upon existing efforts to address linkages between environmental conditions and health to understand the pandemic. Learn More.



Explore the National Academies' latest news and resources related to COVID-19, as well as consensus studies and workshop proceedings on the subject of pandemic infectious disease.  




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