This webinar features experts from industry and academia, who will discuss current and potential future desalination technologies, desalination of seawater in coastal areas, desalination of salty groundwater in inland regions, and how these efforts are shaped by policy and community engagement.
Background: Fresh water is an increasingly scarce resource in an increasingly populous and water-intensive world. Maintaining an adequate supply of fresh water both nationally and globally will be one of the largest challenges of the 21st century. Desalination of salty water – from both the ocean and the ground – represents a huge potential source of fresh water. The development of this resource requires a combination of geoscience, engineering, waste management, policy, and community outreach and participation.
Our speakers are:
- Tzahi Cath, Ph.D., Ben L. Fryrear Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines | Slides Video
- Jessica H Jones, Director of Communications, Poseidon Water | Slides Video
- Katherine R. Zodrow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering, Montana Tech of the University of Montana; Non-Resident Scholar, Center for Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute, Rice University | Slides Video
Resources to learn more:
- View this webinar's Question & Answer session
- View the online course that has been developed from this webinar
- Colorado School of Mines, Advanced Water Technology Center (AQWATEC) website
- Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure website
- Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant website
- USGS National Brackish Groundwater Assessment website
- USGS Circular 1405: Estimated Use of Water in the United States 2010
- National Groundwater Association Information Brief: Brackish Groundwater
- Texas Water Development Board website
- Texas Desalination Plant Database
- Texas Water Development Board: Brackish Groundwater Manual for Texas Regional Water Planning Groups
- Buono, R.M., Zodrow, K.R., Alvarez, P.J.J., Qilin, L., 2015, A New Frontier in Texas: Managing and Regulating Brackish Groundwater
Search the Critical Issues Research Database for reports and factsheets about desalination.