Water Quality

The physical, chemical and biological properties of water – together termed water quality – vary in space and time in response to interactions among weather, rocks and life.  These interactions are increasingly influenced by the cumulative footprint of humanity, with water appropriation and disposal, climate change, land use intensification, and a growing array of contaminants threatening water resources, ecosystem integrity and human health.  Understanding water quality as water moves between land, sea and air is our fundamental charge. 

 

The water quality technical committee (WQTC) is comprised of a broad array of scientists and engineers interested in furthering our interdisciplinary understanding about the materials (solutes, sediments, biota) that water carries.  We work on water quality questions across scales, issues, and processes to facilitate a cross-disciplinary conversation – along with colleagues from other sections of AGU – about grand challenges like eutrophication, plastic pollution, acidification, the growing use of nanomaterials, the sustainability of food production, and climate change.   Among our primary roles is to develop cross-cutting special sessions at the AGU Fall Meeting that explore the many facets of water quality, from watershed source tracking to ecological controls to human impacts.  Our committee is always seeking input from the community for the development of these sessions. Please contact us if you are interested in participating on the committee or proposing a special session at the next meeting.



Grand Challenges of the AGU Centennial in Water Quality

There are crucial water quality questions to be addressed.  As we reflect on and celebrate 100 years of science at AGU, we have identified 3 key questions that span our charge from theoretical to actionable, from local to global, and from analysis to synthesis:

I. What are the key emerging trends in environmental water quality and water quality assessment?

II. How do changing landscape cover and connectivity, as well as changing climate and landscape legacies, impact these water quality trends?

III .What tools and techniques are necessary to provide actionable inference about water quality improvement?

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Members of the Technical Committee

Matthew Cohen (Chair)

University of Florida

Nandita Basu (Past-Chair)

University of Waterloo

Omar Abdul Aziz

West Virginia University

Tim Covino

Colorado State University

Heather Golden

US EPA

C. Nate Jones

University of Alabama

Hjalmar Laudon

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Genevieve Ali

University of Guelph

Dipankar Dwivedi

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Erich Hester

Virginia Tech University

Rachel Gabor

The Ohio State University

Admin Husic

University of Kansas

Bonnie McGill
(Postdoctoral member)

Kansas University

Catherine Kuhn
(Student member)

University of Washington

Frederick Cheng
(Student member/ webmaster)

University of Waterloo


Water Quality Sessions at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting

The Fall 2019 meeting will again be among the premier scientific venues for hydrologists and earth scientists to share results and get inspired to address these questions.  There are 9 sessions (several with multiple blocks) at the fall meeting that span a wide range of topics.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Fate, Transport, and Remediation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern and Their Transformation Products in the Critical Zone

H31B (oral)

H32C  (oral)

H33D (oral)

H34C (oral)

H41C (oral)

H41J (posters)

H43L (posters)

Dec. 11 (Wed)

Dec. 11 (Wed)

Dec. 11 (Wed)

Dec. 11 (Wed)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

08:00 – 10:00

10:20 – 12:20

13:40 – 15:40

16:00 – 18:00

08:00 – 10:00

08:00 – 12:00

13:40 – 18:00


Water Quality and Watersheds: From Scientific Innovations to Actions

H41F (oral)

H42G (oral)

H43Q (posters)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

08:00 – 10:00

10:20 – 12:20

13:40 – 18:00


The Food-Water Link and Nonpoint Source Flux Impact on Groundwater, Vadose Zone, and Surface Water Quality

H51G (oral)

H41R (posters)

Dec. 13 (Fri)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

08:00 – 10:00

08:00 – 12:00


Advancing River Thermal Research and Modelling

H21B (oral)

H23K (posters)

Dec. 10 (Tues)

Dec. 10 (Tues)

08:00 – 10:00

13:40 – 18:00


Advances in Green Infrastructure Research, Development, and Community Adoption

H11A (oral)

H12A (oral)

H13I (posters)

Dec. 9 (Mon)

Dec. 9 (Mon)

Dec. 9 (Mon)

08:00 – 10:00

10:20 – 12:20

13:40 – 18:00


A Race against Time: Legacy Effects of Land Use on Water Quality, Watershed Processes, and Ecosystem Function

H23A (oral)

H33J (posters)

Dec. 10 (Tues)

Dec. 11 (Wed)

13:40 – 15:40

13:40 – 18:00


Water Quality Dynamics in Low-Order Watersheds: Identifying and Understanding the Impacts of Environmental Change

H41F (oral)

H42G (oral)

H43Q (posters)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

08:00 – 10:00

10:20 – 12:20

13:40 – 18:00


Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions: Identifying and Integrating Physical, Biological, Geomorphic and Chemical Patterns and Processes across Systems and Scales

H21D (oral)

H22C (oral)

H23D (oral)

H13N (posters)

Dec. 10 (Tues)

Dec. 10 (Tues)

Dec. 10 (Tues)

Dec. 9 (Mon)

08:00 – 10:00

10:20 – 12:20

13:40 – 15:40

13:40 – 18:00


Plastics in the Geosphere
 

H42D (oral)

H43O (poster)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

Dec. 12 (Thurs)

10:20 – 12:20

13:40 – 18:00

 

Do you have ideas or comments for the Water Quality Technical Committee? Feel free to contact our chair, or our webmaster!