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Call to Action: Connecting the World for Transboundary Groundwater Resilience

The Transboundary Groundwater Resilience Network is excited to announce its participation in New York Water Week (NYWW) to contribute to defining and solving water challenges worldwide. NYWW is comprised of many community-led events focused on helping solve global water challenges and bringing together researchers from across the globe who are dedicated to improving water management. NYWW is being held alongside UN Water 2023, the first United Nations dedicated water conference since 1977, which is committed to making a difference within global communities to solve the water and sanitation crisis.

This Call to Action event will make progress on the Connecting the World for Transboundary Groundwater Resilience (TGR) UN Water Action Commitment. Presentations on case studies, data analyses, network analyses, and simulation modeling methods will provide a basis for group discussion. Participants are encouraged to share best practices and priorities from their local regions and fields of study. This event will focus on data, systems, networks, and community-based approaches to foster Transboundary Groundwater Resilience.

Taking place on Monday, March 20, 2023, from 11am – 1pm ET (time converter here) this event will feature several speakers spanning multiple water disciplines, including Dr. Sam Fernald, director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, Dr. Ilya Zaslavsky, director of Spatial Information Systems Laboratory, San Diego Supercomputer Center, and others to provide current perspectives on transboundary groundwater resilience. This event will also include an interactive community participation session focused on audience needs and priorities related to transboundary groundwater research and management.

University of Bergen SD Prof. Saeed Langarudi will present

Title: Systems Science and Modeling for Transboundary Groundwater Resilience

Abstract: Transboundary groundwater resilience is a dynamically complex challenge involving multiple dimensions, such as natural, social, political, and economic components that interact in time and space. Disciplinary scientific methods are inadequate in addressing the issue’s dynamic complexity, especially in the policy design and implementation phases. To understand how transboundary groundwater resilience changes in response to our decisions and actions, we need to employ a wide range of analytical tools, including participatory systems mapping, dynamic simulation, and hybrid modeling approaches. In this presentation, we discuss how these analytical tools can contribute to our understanding and ability to control transboundary groundwater resilience.

and New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) researchers will present on case studies. They use SD in some of their work.

See the “Call to Action: Connecting the World for Transboundary Groundwater Resilience” event page on the TGR website for more details.