May Dinner Meeting - NGWREF Darcy Lecture 2016

  • 12 May 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union 401 NE Northlake Way Seattle, Washington


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May 12, 2016 AWRA-WA Dinner Meeting

Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union - Nisqually Water View Room

NGWREF Darcy Lecture 2016
Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models, and Decision Making

Ty Ferré, Professor, University of Arizona

Dr. Ferré’s lecture 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.  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 analysis that address specific scientific and management questions.  Accordingly, Dr. 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; and
  • 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.

During his lecture tour, Dr. Ferré will address academic researchers, government scientists and regulators, groundwater professionals, and stakeholders in at least 10 different countries on six continents.  In addition, Dr. Ferré will visit elementary, intermediate, and high schools to talk about careers in science, in general, and hydrology in particular.  He anticipates giving his talk to about 100 different audiences in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Middle East, and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand).

About the Speaker - Ty Ferré, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. He received his bachelor's degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and his Ph.D. in Earth sciences from the University of Waterloo. 

The Darcy Award – This lecture series was named in honor of Henry Darcy of France for his 1856 investigations that established the physical basis of groundwater hydrogeology.  The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWA) is an American public educational foundation which annually awards the Darcy Lecturer. This is one of the most prestigious awards for subsurface hydrology; it comes with the duty of delivering 30-50 lectures across the globe.  The Darcy Lecturer award highlights how successful and necessary interdisciplinary research approaches have become. 

Event Details:


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Social 5:30 - 6:30

Dinner 6:30 - 7:00

Presentation 7:00 - 8:00


LOCATION - Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union
401 NE Northlake Way
Seattle, Washington
(206) 632-0767


Students: Free

Member: $30

Non-Members: $40

Cancellation Policy: AWRA-WA will fully refund the registration fee if cancellation notice is received within 5 days of the event.


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