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An Evolving Platform for Groundwater Learning

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A NOBLE PROJECT

Groundwater is the source of drinking water for nearly half of the global population and supplies much of the world's irrigation water. Groundwater is complex, out-of-sight and mostly out-of-mind. The Groundwater Project (GW-Project) is urgently needed to ensure that society achieves the exceedingly difficult task of scientifically-informed, sustainable management and protection of groundwater. 

The GW-Project has its roots in 2015 after Cathryn Ryan at the University of Calgary initiated the transfer of rights for the famous Groundwater textbook (Freeze & Cherry, 1979) back to their authors. To advance the state of the science worldwide the authors then agreed to provide free downloads of the original text and translations through the Hydrogeology Without Borders website. This laudable initiative provided the inspiration for the much larger GW-Project aimed at updating and largely expanding the coverage of the original book. As of today, more than 20 instititutions are partnering with us and many others are on their way. The GW-Project was initiated in 2017 to cover nearly all aspects of groundwater relevant to both developed and developing countries. 

The goals of the GW-Project are to publish educational materials, online and free-of-charge. The GW-Project will fill large voids in educational groundwater publishing becoming the global standard for synthesized groundwater science. The first iteration will be in English, followed soon after by other languages. Many chapters will be layered to support understanding at both introductory and advanced levels with clickable links to equation derivations, worked problems, public domain educational reports, videos of lab demonstrations, field methods, and lectures. Although encyclopedic in scope, the GW-Project is focused on knowledge synthesis to achieve understanding, underpin classroom teaching and facilitate self-education. The GW-Project aims to provide explanations from experts who are so advanced in their grasp of complex topics that they are able to convey ideas in an impressively simple form.  Currently, more than 200 volunteer scientists and engineers from 23 countries on six continents are involved in the preparation of ebook chapters while the search for more participants continues. Over 500 chapters, organized in 20 knowledge domains, will be prepared over the next few years.

Many of the contributors are senior internationally recognized experts. A priority of the GW-Project is to capture, while still possible, knowledge and key insights from this senior generation. The GW-Project will also serve as an electronic archive for old, but still insightful groundwater reports from government and other grey literature not readily accessible, or in jeopardy of being lost. In addition, the GW-Project will report on the latest advances in groundwater science and technologies to quickly disseminate new knowledge around the globe, with emphasis on the information needs of developing countries. The electronic format was selected because materials will be updated and re-published as improvements are made and as global contributions expand. 

The not-for-profit GW-Project will fill large voids in educational groundwater publishing, becoming the global standard for synthesized groundwater science.

With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the Groundwater Project contributes to a better world. Be part of this noble project. Join us. 

OUR TEAM

Project leader

John Cherry, Adjunct Professor - University of Guelph, Professor Emeritus - University of Waterloo, Canada

 

Steering Committee

Everton de Oliveira, President of Hidroplan, Director of Sustainable Water Institute, Brasil
Allan Freeze, Professor Emeritus - University of British Columbia, Canada
Doug Mackay, Professor Emeritus - University of California, USA
Steve Moran, British Columbia, Canada
Beth Parker, Professor - University of Guelph, Canada
Eileen Poeter, Professor Emeritus - Colorado School of Mines, USA
Warren Wood, Visiting Professor - Michigan State University, USA

Ying Fan Reinfelder, Professor - Rutgers University, USA

Yan Zheng, Chair Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology

Ineke Kalwij, President, Principal Hydrogeologist, Kalwij Water Dynamics Inc.

Advisory Committee

Shafick Adams, Executive Manager - Water Research Commission, South Africa
Bill Alley, Science and Technology Director, National Ground Water Association, USA
Stepehn Foster, Emeritus WHO, World Bank, UK
Ken Goldstein, California, USA
Ken Howard, Professor - University of Toronto, Canada
Jimmy Jiao, Professor - University of Hong KongHong Kong
Guy Patrick, British Columbia, Canada
Marco Petitta, Associate Professor - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Craig Simmons, Professor - Flinders University, Australia
Bill Woesnner, Professor Emeritus - University of Montana, USA
Chunmiao Zheng, Professor - Southern University of Science and Technology, China

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Cherry, Adjunct Professor - University of Guelph, Professor Emeritus - University of Waterloo, Canada
Everton de Oliveira, President of Hidroplan, Director of Sustainable Water Institute, Brasil
Steve Moran, Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
Eileen Poeter, Professor Emeritus - Colorado School of Mines, USA