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U of Arizona’s Ferré Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer


April 10, 2015
By Ground Water Canada

April 10, 2015, Westerville, OH – Ty Ferré, PhD, of the University of Arizona,
has been selected as the 2016 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer by the
National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation.

April 10, 2015, Westerville, OH – Ty Ferré of the University of Arizona,
has been selected as the 2016 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer by the
National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation.

Ty Ferré, PhD, is a professor in the
University of Arizona’s Department of Hydrology and Water Resources

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Ferré’s lecture, “Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the
Relationship between Data and Models,” explores how the practice of
hydrology depends on computer models while at the same time new methods
have been adapted or developed for characterizing and monitoring the
subsurface, the NGWA said in a news release.

In his lecture, he notes these two areas have evolved almost completely independently of
one another, but posits a unified approach is needed – designing
measurement methods in the context of numerical analyses that address
specific scientific and management questions. Accordingly, Ferré will
present an integrated overview of the relationships among models,
measurements, and decisions, including:

  • Discussing
    what is actually being measured when measurements are made, with a
    focus on the large scale from pumping tests to geophysics

  • Describing how these measurements currently are being merged with models and how this process could be improved

  • Covering
    how hydrogeologists can turn the standard approach to combining
    measurements and models around by using models to help identify more
    informative measurements

  • Exploring
    how the optimal design of a measurement and modeling campaign can, and
    should be, driven by the specific practical or scientific questions
    being asked.

Named
in honour of Henry Darcy of France for his 1856 investigations that
established the physical basis upon which groundwater hydrogeology has
been studied ever since, this lecture series has reached more than
85,000 groundwater students, faculty members, and professionals since
its inception in 1986.

The Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science
is partially underwritten by the firms Woodard & Curran and
Leggette, Brasehears, & Graham Inc., each of which is donating
$5,000 for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 lectures.

Click here to read more about the 2016 lecture as well as how to request a presentation.