Date:February 27-28, 2014

Location: Rudder Tower 3rd floor room 301, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Organizers:  Binayak Mohanty (TAMU) and Matthew McCabe (KAUST)


This workshop will provide a cohesive direction identifying the current state-of-the-knowledge and science gaps/needs for addressing the upcoming challenges of arid/semi-arid zone hydrology and water sustainability issues for the 21st century in water scarce regions around the Globe, including  US southwest, Africa, Middle East, Northwest India, Australia, and others.

Tentative Agenda


Thursday – February 27, 2014

8:00 – 8:30 Registration/Breakfast 
Time Speaker Title
8:30 – 8:45

Dr. Raymond Carroll (TAMU)

8:45 – 8:55

Dr. Binayak Mohanty (TAMU)

Introductory comments 
8:55 – 9:30

Dr. Murugesu Sivapalan (University of Illinois)

Predictability of Arid Zone Hydrology: Challenges and Opportunities
9:30 – 10:05

Dr. Raghavendra Jana


Understanding Vadose Zone Hydrology in Arid Regions
10:05 – 10:40

Dr. Peter Troch (University of Arizona)

Co-evolution of climate, Soil, and vegetation and the   interplay with Hydrological partitioning in high elevation semi-arid catchments.
10:40 – 11:00  Break  
11:00 – 11:35

Dr. Scott Tyler


Aquatic Habitats in Arid Regions: Canaries in a       Fishbowl
11:35 – 12:15 Discussion  Arid Zone Hydrology  – Global Challenges and Opportunities
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:05

Dr. Kelly Caylor (Princeton University)

Understanding the role of climate variability as a       determinant of dryland structure and function
2:05 – 2:40

Dr. Bridget Scanlon (UT)

Approaches to Enhancing Sustainability of Water        Resources in Semiarid Regions
2:40 – 3:05

Dr. Georgianne Moore


Effects of Vegetation Change on Transpiration: When it varies. When it doesn’t. And why.
3:05 – 3:40

Dr. Mark Ankeny


Improved Sustainability Using Vadose Zone Manipulation in Arid and Semiarid Environments
3:40 – 4:00 Break  
4:00 – 4:25

Dr. Binayak Mohanty


Soil Hydrologic Processes, Parameters, and Scaling for Arid Zone Hydrology
4:25 – 5:15 Discussion Arid Zone Hydrology – Observation, Processes, and Parameters


Friday – February 28, 2014

8:00 – 8:30 Registration/Breakfast 
Time Speaker Title
8:30 – 9:05

Dr. Peter Kitanidis

(Stanford University)

The Role of Smart Managed Aquifer Recharge and Treatment in Meeting the Water Needs of Arid Regions
9:05 – 9:40

Dr. Wade Crow


A parsimonious data assimilation system for optimally integrating multi-sensor satellite observations over semi-arid areas
9:40 – 10:05

Dr. Mark Everett


Near-surface geophysical techniques and their       application to arid zone hydrology
10:05 – 10:40

Dr. Witold Krajewski


Towards better understanding of floods: Implications for future flood frequencies
10:40 – 11:00  Break  
11:00 – 11:35

Dr. Christopher Duffy

(Penn State)

The Catchment Isoscape: Theoretical and Experimental Strategy for Estimating the Isotopic Age of Soil Water with Implications for Semi-Arid Regions
11:35 – 12:15 Discussion Arid Zone Hydrology – Modeling, Assimilation, and Analyses
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:00

Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon


When Normal Isn’t Good Enough: Surface Water and Runoff Along the Colorado River of Western and Central Texas
2:00 – 2:30

Dr. W. Douglass Shaw


Five things you need to worry about in thinking about Water and the Economics of Climate Change
2:30 – 3:00

Dr. Gretchen Miller


Improving plant water uptake formulations in Earth system models of arid and semi-arid regions.
3:00 – 3:30

Dr. Huilin Gao


Effects of urbanization and climate change on streamflows over the San Antonio River Basin, Texas
3:30 – 3:50 Break  
3:50 – 4:30 Discussion Arid Zone Hydrology –  Projection, Extremes, and Economics
4:30 – 5:00 Closing Remarks and Action Items for White paper Development
5:00 Adjourn