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Upcoming Events

Branch AGM
Wednesday, 18 April, 7.30pm
Sydenham Room at South Library, 66 Colombo Street

There is no talk with the AGM. The agenda has been circulated to members with the Annual Report

Cockayne Lecture 2018
Ornamental to detrimental: the invasion of New Zealand by non-native plants

Professor Philip Hulme FRSNZ from Lincoln University

Wednesday 16 May 6:30pm TBC
Lecture Theatre C2, University of Canterbury

This talk info coming later

Philip Hulme bio coming later

This talk is in association with the Royal society of New Zealand

Hochstetter Lecture 2018
The Pounamu terrane: a new component in the assembly of Zealandia?

Emeritus Professor Alan F. Cooper
Geology Department, University of Otago,

23 May Time TBC
Room TBC, University of Canterbury

This talk info coming later

Alan Cooper bio coming later

This talk is in association with the Geological Society of New Zealand

Darcy Lecture 2018
Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World

Dr Masaki Hayashi

Tuesday 29 May, Nibbles, tea/coffee from 5:30, Talk 6:00pm
Lecture Theatre C3, University of Canterbury

Many of us have been awed by the stunningly beautiful view of alpine lakes and streams—and they are not just beautiful. Nearly half of the world’s population relies on rivers originating in high mountains for water supply. Source areas of mountain streams have rugged topography with sparse soil and vegetation covers, and were once considered “Teflon basins” that have minimum capacity to store groundwater. Over the past decade or so, a new understanding of alpine hydrogeology has been emerging based on detailed field observations around the world. Alpine basins actually have important aquifer units that provide temporary storage of rain and meltwaters from snowpack and glaciers. Gradual release of water from these aquifers sustains streamflow during dry or cold periods, and is critically important for water supply and aquatic habitats in downstream regions. Due to rugged terrain and severely limited vehicle access, alpine hydrogeologists need to rely on creative methods to investigate groundwater, such as geophysical imaging techniques or observation of surface water/groundwater interaction. This lecture will demonstrate how we can gain valuable insights into groundwater in challenging environments and develop a conceptual understanding of hydrological systems. These ideas and approaches will have broad applicability in a variety of environments, where hydrogeologists are faced with challenging conditions.

Masaki Hayashi, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Physical Hydrology. Hayashi received his B.S. and M.S. in earth sciences from Waseda University and Chiba University, respectively, in Japan, and his Ph.D. in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo in Canada. His main research interests are in the connection among groundwater, surface water, and atmospheric moisture in various environments ranging from the prairies to the mountains.

This talk is in association with the Hydrolical Society, NIWA and Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management

2018 NZ Research Series
Digital breaths: The benefits of bioengineering

Prof. Merryn Tawhai

6:30pm Wednesday 27 June
University of Otago Christchurch, Rolleston Lecture Theatre

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