Seminar Series

WRRC hosts a series of seminars during the spring and fall semesters at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. We are providing a forum to increase awareness of water issues pertaining to island hydrology—encouraging discussions of the management and preservation of Hawai‘i’s water resources with respect to climate, population demands, and contamination.

Note: In 2018 to 2021, WRRC collaborated with the ‘Ike Wai Project for the seminar series.

FALL 2022 WRRC SEMINAR SCHEDULE

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ALL LECTURES WILL BE IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL THIS FALL ON FRIDAY FROM 2–3 PM (HST) UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

LOCATION: UH MĀNOA CAMPUS, ZOOM MEETING AND UH MĀNOA CAMPUS KUYKENDALL ROOM 201 (see schedule for location)

PREVIOUS SEMINARS

Linking Climate, Forests, and Limu: Examining the Influence of Environmental Change on Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems in KeauhouDate: December 2, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speakers:  Drs. Leah Bremer, Brytne Okuhata, Angela Richards Donà, and Celia Smith Abstract: Groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) are increasingly recognized as a…

Seedling Drought Tolerance in a Changing ClimateDate: November 18, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Dr. Kasey Barton Abstract: Climate change is altering water availability with dramatic consequences for plant performance and population stability. Seedlings are…

Potential Effects of Drought, Climate Change, and Cloud-Water Interception on Groundwater Recharge and Wildfire Risk in HawaiʻiDate: November 4, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Dr. Alan Mair Abstract: Long-term downward trends of rainfall and concurrent long-term upward trends in drought duration and magnitude extend across…

Drought Needs-Finding for Hawaiʻi — Results and ReflectionsDate: October 18, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Ms. Melissa Kunz Abstract: What is the state of drought knowledge and drought-related needs in Hawaiʻi? As part of the Pacific…

Acquisition of Antibiotic Resistance Genes on Human Skin After Swimming in the OceanDate: October 14, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Dr. Sunny Jiang Abstract: The skin is a complex organ responsible for protecting the body from physical, chemical and biological insults.…

Ecohydrological Implications of Land Cover Change in Hawai‘i: Examining Transpiration Processes in Native and Invaded Forest Types in the Leeward Koʻolau MountainsDate: October 7, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Ms. Liat Portner Abstract: Hawaiʻi has a long history of recognizing the relationship between water and natural resource management. However, in the…

Nutrient Removal and Resource Recovery from Municipal WastewaterDate: September 23, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Dr. Zhiyue Wang Abstract: Wastewater is a promising source of clean water, energy, and nutrients. However, the reuse of municipal wastewater…

The Future of Storm Water Management on Oahu: Understanding Stormwater Impacts and Using Technology to Identify SolutionsDate: May 13, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speakers: Ms. Lauren Roth Venu and Mr. Randall Wakumoto Abstract: The City and County of Honolulu (CCH) Department of Facility Maintenance have been…

Fuel Transport Considerations in Hawaiian Basalt SystemsDate: May 6, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speakers: Mr. G.D. Beckett and Dr. Iris van der Zander Abstract: The migration of fuel after a release is a complex process,…

The Impacts of the Red Hill Crisis on the Board of Water SupplyDate: April 22, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speakers: Mr. Ernest Lau and Mr. Erwin Kawata Abstract: Mr. Ernest Lau, Manager and Chief Engineer of the Honolulu Board of Water…

Natural Source Zone Depletion of Petroleum Hydrocarbons at the Water TableDate: April 8, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Dr. Barbara Bekins Abstract: To develop an appropriate mitigation strategy for groundwater contamination from long-term petroleum hydrocarbon spill sites, it is…

How Clean is Clean Enough? Methods to Assess Environmental Risks Posed by Releases of PetroleumDate: April 1, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Dr. Roger Brewer Abstract: Petroleum constitutes perhaps the most common type of environmental contamination on a global scale. From small gas…

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION Groundwater Flow in the Moanalua/Red Hill/Halawa Region: Evaluating Rates, Directions, and Contamination RisksDate: March 30, 2022 (2:30 pm, HST)

Speakers: Mr. Robert Whittier and Dr. Donald Thomas Abstract: Due to unforeseen circumstances, a separate question and answer session was scheduled for…

Groundwater Flow in the Moanalua/Red Hill/Halawa Region: Evaluating Rates, Directions, and Contamination RisksDate: March 18, 2022

Speakers: Mr. Robert Whittier and Dr. Donald Thomas Abstract: The Navy stores more than 100 million gallons of petroleum-based fuels in underground…

Cloud Water Interception in Hawaii: Observations and ModelingDate: March 4, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Han Tseng Abstract: Cloud water interception (CWI), the passive capturing of fog water by plants, is a unique ecohydrological process…

Biodegradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons Controls Their Fate and Transport in Subsurface EnvironmentsDate: February 18, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Tao Yan Abstract: Exploration and consumption of petroleum hydrocarbons have led to frequent oil spills and contamination of aquatic and…
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SPRING 2022 WRRC SEMINAR SCHEDULE

ALL LECTURES WILL BE VIRTUAL THIS SPRING ON FRIDAY FROM 2–3 PM (HST) UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

LOCATION: UH MANOA CAMPUS, ZOOM MEETING

Degradation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Structure-Reactivity Relationships and Treatment StrategiesDate: December 15, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Jinyong Liu Abstract: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are widely used manufactured chemicals that have been in existence since the…

The Subak Traditional Irrigation System as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Governing Bali’s Changing LandscapesDate: December 1, 2021

Speaker: Ms. Wiwik Dharmiasih Abstract: Subak is a traditional irrigation and water management system that has existed for over a thousand years…

Watershed Conservation in the Waipā Stream Watershed Near Hanalei Bay, Kaua‘iDate: November 17, 2021

Speaker: Mr. Matt Rosener Abstract: The Waipā Foundation is restoring the physical and cultural vibrancy of the Waipā ahupua’a through the creation…

Building a Network of Projects Mauka to Makai to Protect and Restore Maunalua BayDate: November 3, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Pam Weiant Abstract: Please join us and learn about Mālama Maunalua, an organization dedicated to “restoring the health of Maunalua…