AGU Special Session on Western U.S. Drought & Groundwater Sustainability

July 21, 2015
AGU Fall Meeting

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is holding its 2015 Fall Meeting this December 14-18. AGU invites researchers to consider submitting an abstract to the following broadly designed special session on Western U.S. groundwater management (Session ID#: 9147). The deadline is August 5th.

Drought, Groundwater Management, and Long-term Groundwater Sustainability in the Western United States: Assessment, Monitoring, Modeling, Planning, Management, and Policy

Much of the Western United States has been in a long-term drought or series of multi-year droughts throughout the past two decades, a period that has also experienced significant shifts in urban, industrial, and agricultural water uses leading to unprecedented pressures on groundwater resources. This session examines drought impacts on groundwater resources, groundwater management, regional and state policy responses and implementation in the Western U.S., including implementation of the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of California. We invite studies that showcase innovative approaches to groundwater basin assessment, monitoring, modeling, and management under climate uncertainty, drought, and a changing water infrastructure landscape in the semi-arid Western US; analyze policy responses, effectiveness of management measures; evaluate best management practices for groundwater management agencies; define operational sustainability criteria for groundwater basins; and review roles of data collection, monitoring, and modeling/assessment.

Invited Speakers:

  • Claudia Faunt, US Geological Survey
  • Michael Kiparsky, UC Berkeley Law School
  • Abdul Khan, California Department of Water Resources
  • ​Erik Ekdahl, California State Water Resources Control Board​


  • Thomas Harter, University of California Davis
  • Helen E Dahlke, University of California Davis
  • Bridget R Scanlon, University of Texas Austin
  • Samuel Sandoval Solis, University of California Davis