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Museum’s Science Café highlights groundwater and surface water


The City of Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science (MONAS) and Sigma Xi present “Science Café – Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions in the Hyporheic Zone,” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, via Zoom.

The speaker will be Liwen Wu, Ph.D.  from the Eco-Environmental Research Laboratory at Westlake University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

To link to the program, visit zoom.us and use webinar ID 85813593921 or call 575-522-3120 or email education@lascruces.gov for a link.

In the talk, Wu “will introduce the principles of groundwater and surface water interactions in riverbeds, followed by an example focusing on the implications of seasonal river-groundwater disconnections for streambed exchange in arid and semi-arid environments such as those found in our region,” the city said in a news release. “Interactions between rivers and their surrounding aquifers vary significantly, which can limit the exchange of water, energy and materials.”   

Wu is a postdoctoral researcher in Westlake University’s eco-environmental research lab, the city said. Wu holds a doctorate in geography from the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin and a master of science degree in environmental engineering from KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

For more information contact Stephanie Hawkins at 575-532-3372 and shawkins@lascruces.gov.