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The IAH WA Tech Talks feature speakers from hydrogeology and related sciences. These monthly events are the premier networking opportunity for water professionals in Western Australia.

Tech Talks are generally held on the 4th Wednesday of every month.

IAH Western Australia is pleased to host Professor Kamini Singha, the Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer for 2017.

(Note that the day and venue for this event differs from our regular monthly Tech Talks)


Exploring the critical zone and its impact on groundwater dependent ecosystems

Hydrogeologists typically focus on the phreatic zone when assessing groundwater impacts; however, the earth's permeable near-surface layer (the critical zone) is more complex and hosts interactions between rock, soil, groundwater, air, and living organisms. To understand groundwater impacts one has to understand the critical zone. This presentation opens the black box in the subsurface and sheds light on a few key subsurface processes that control water movement and availability: linkages between changes in evapotranspiration and subsurface water stores, water movement in three dimensions over large areas, and potential control of slope aspect on subsurface permeability. The critical zone’s role in regulating the earth’s natural habitat is explored, including its responses to changes in climate and human influences. Various assessment tools are outlined, including geophysical tools.

About the speaker

Kamini Singha, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and the associate director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. She worked at the U.S. Geological Survey Branch of Geophysics from 1997 to 2000, and was a member of the faculty at The Pennsylvania State University from 2005 to 2012. She earned her B.S. in geophysics from the University of Connecticut in 1999 and her Ph.D. in hydrogeology from Stanford University in 2005.



We encourage members to join us for drinks and nibbles at 5:30pm before the presentation starts at 6pm sharp.

The venue is located within the CBD and is easily accessible by public transport. For those arriving by car, the closest carpark is Council House.




IAH WA is proud to be supported by Tech Source Solutions, Gold sponsors for the 2017 series of technical presentations.Tech Source Solutions Logo

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Coming up next from IAHWA:

13th of October – IAH social night

9th of November – NCGRT distinguished lecturer – Glen Walker

22nd of November – AGM and student night



IAH WA is preparing a survey seeking your feedback as to the presentations you most value. Your contribution will be awarded with free IAH membership for a year granted to one of the lucky respondents that will have been drawn from the hat. The Survey will be rolled out the day after the Darcy Lecture.

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