Groundwater and Hydrogeology
An important resource and a critical component of the hydrological cycle, groundwater plays a major role in the transmission of contaminants. While groundwater is often a cheap resource to develop, monitoring and investigation are expensive. As such, there are major challenges to quantify how much and what quality of groundwater is available, the natural recharge, long–term impacts of withdrawal and waste disposals, and impact of resource development. This information is critical to guide sustainable development.
Water researchers are examining processes and conditions that control water quality within geohydrologic systems. Using this information, they can develop novel strategies to reduce the impacts of resource development on water sources.