Lezing 'Meet the PhD Jury: How Hydrogeology Is Succeeding and Failing Society and What We Can Do about It'

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Alumni , Bedrijven , Medewerkers , Studenten
21-02-2023 van 14:00 tot 16:00
Auditorium Valère Billiet - Campus Sterre - Gebouw S8, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Gent
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Department of Geology, Faculty of Sciences

Ty Ferré, professor at the University of Arizona, will discuss how science can do as much as it can to support water-resources decision-making.

Why don’t decision makers pay more attention to science? Perhaps it’s because scientists don’t pay enough attention to their questions that they are asking. In this talk, I will present an overview of the state of the practice in hydrogeologic analyses. I will point to exciting new efforts to improve our analyses, including the presentation of quantitative uncertainties and the development of application-driven modeling tools. Then I will present a few reasons that these advances are not enough to ensure that science is doing as much as it can to support water-resources decision-making. To improve, we need include the unique benefits of the Wisdom of the Crowd and the Team of Rivals decision making approaches. I will end with some thoughts on how process-based modeling can incorporate these ideas and touch on the opportunities and challenges presented by the emergence of Machine Learning to including these concepts in hydrogeologic analyses.