THE CONDUIT K A R S T W A T E R S I N S T I T U T E THE CONDUITVolume 9, Number 1 June 2009Building understanding of karst through interdisciplinary action
K A R S T W A T E R S I N S T I T U T E THE CONDUIT Current Officers of the Karst Waters Institute2 Current Board Members of the Karst Waters Institute2 Welcome Back to the Conduit3 Recent Meetings of the Karst Waters Institute and the Board3 2009 Annual Awards Banquet4 New Happenings in KWI and the Karst Community4 Karst Waters Institute Publications Now Available5 Recent KWI Conference7 Upcoming Meetings8 Educational Opportunities8 The Karst Waters Institute Mission9 Table of Contents Current Officers of the Karst Waters InstitutePresident Dr. Daniel W. Fong Department of Biology American University Washington, DC Executive Vice President Dr. William B. White 210 Materials Research Lab Penn State University UniversityPark, PA Vice President for Research Dr. Carol Wicks Department of Geology & Geophysics Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA Vice President for Education Dr. Horton H. Hobbs, III Dept. of Biology Wittenberg University Springfield, OH Vice President for Communications Dr. Annette Summers Engel Department of Geology & Geophysics Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA Vice President for Development Mr. Robert Cronk c/o Karst Waters Institute PO Box 4142 Leesburg, VA Comptroller Dr. David C. Culver Dept. of Biology The American University Washington, DC Secretary Dr. Carol Wicks Department of Geology & Geophysics Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA Front cover: Looking out a window in Dimniceca ve, Slovenia. Photo by Annette Summers Engel. Photographs throughout newslett er are by A.S. Engel.Current Board Members Chairman of the Board Mr. William K. Jones P. O. Box 4142 Leesburg, VA Mr. Robert N. Cronk c/o Karst Waters Institute Leesburg, VA Ms. Emily Davis Speleobooks Schoharie, NY Dr. Horton H. Hobbs, III Dept. of Biology Wittenberg University Springfield, OH Dr. Jonathan B. Martin Dept. of Geology University of Florida Gainesville, Fl Dr. John Mylroie Dept. of Geosciences Mississippi State University Starkville, MS Dr. Diana Northup Dept. of Biology University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM Dr. Annette Summers Engel Dept. of Geology and Geophysics Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA Dr. John W. Hess Geological Society of America Boulder, CO Dr. Ira Sasowsky Dept of Geology & Environ. Science University of Akron Akron, OH Dr. William B. White Penn State University UniversityPark, PA Dr. Carol M. Wicks Dept. of Geology and Geophysics Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA Dr. Paul J. Moore ExxonMobil Houston, Texas Dr. Dorothy Vesper Dept. of Geology West Virginia State University Mr. Harvey Duchene HNK Energy LLC Boulder, Colorado Page 2 The Conduit is a quarterly e-newsletter of the Karst Waters Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Karst Waters Institute, Inc. P.O. Box 4124 Leesburg, Virginia 20177 Gifts are tax-deductible in the United States to the extent allowed by law. Visit www. karstwaters.orgfor more information. Copyright Karst Waters Institute. All rights reserved. THE CONDUIT THE CONDUITBuilding understanding of karst through interdisciplinary actionSend address changes to vp_communications@ karstwaters.org. Please include Â“add to KWI mailing listÂ”in the subject like when e-mailing. Questions about submitting material can also be addressed to this address. Thanks! If interested in advertising in The Conduit please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING???
ThereÂ’s no denying that we live in a news-bombarded society, and thereÂ’s little Â‘newÂ’in the news. So, serious thought went into whether or not Karst Waters Institute enthusiasts needed a resurrected Conduit But, communication is important. For a virtual organization like the Karst Waters Institute, comm unication between the organizationÂ’s leadership, members, and potential devotees becomes even more vital. This new issue of The Conduit is a hybrid between the former Conduit and recent quarterly electronic announcements sent to KWI Mailing List subscribers. Welcome to the first Conduit in nine years! The purpose of The Conduit was always to provide information about latest Institute events. The Conduit began as a simple photocopied publication, the Karst Waters Institute Newsletter in March, 1992. In 1993, the newsletter became a more substantial publication, The Conduit through the support provided by P. E. LaMoreauxand Associates. The Conduit was freely distributed, and although some funds were raised, it began to cost the KWI money. In 1996, the Board decided that continuing to produce The Conduit in print was cost-prohibitive, and that was when it went to a predominately web-circulated and web-interfaced newsletter. The Conduit ran until spring 2000 (volume 8, number 1). Subscriptions to the KWI Mailing List have steadily grown in recent year. As of July 1, 2009, there were 701 people on the lis t, representing cavers, karst scientists, and ot her folks interested in the mission of KWI. For those of you who donÂ’t know the KW I mission, it is reprinted on page 9, or visit http://www.karstwaters.org. As with this issue, future distribution of The Conduit will be done though a quarterly announcement to the mailing list subscribers and The Conduit will be posted on the KWI website as a pdf file. The Conduit can be viewed or printed using free Adobe Acrobat software. Please continue to spread news about the Karst Waters Institute to your friends. KWI is an active organization. There are new publications to buy, conferences to atte nd, and upcoming events for wh ich you can volunteer your time and expertise. Send ideas and comments to me, the Vice President for Communications (email@example.com), or any officer of the Institute. Future articles, reports, and ne ws of interest that relates to the missi on and development of KWI are encouraged. Welcome back to The Conduit--Annette Su mmers Engel The Karst Waters Institute continues to make great strides in promoting its mission of improving the fundamental understanding of karst water systems through sound scientific research and theeducation of professionals and the public. KWI met in Warm Springs, Virginia, during March 21-22, 2009. There were two separate meetings, one for the Institute and one for the Board of Directors. The Institute meeting discussed past, current, and future KWI operations and activities, and th e Departments (Communications, Development, and Education) de livered reports and proposed items requiring Board action. The KWI continues to separate Institute activities from the roleof the KWI Board, which is an oversight body. Currently, there are still a number of Board members that have a significant rolein Institute operations. But, KWI is not a membership organization. So, to begin to attract additional people to the organization and to continue with Institute/Board separation eff orts, the Board approved new bylaws to include an Associate category within the Institute. An Associate of KWI would be appointed to the various Departments and play key roles in the operation of certain Institute tasks, such as conference committees, education and outreach opportunities, or communication activitie s. Two new Associates were approved: Mr. Scott Engel, Production Editor, and Dr. Katharina Dittmarde la Cruz, Webmaster, both to the Communications Department. Another structural change to the organization was the creation of a Comptroller position as an executive position in the Instit ute to continue to separate the finances of the Institute and Boar d.Dr. Daniel Fong was reelected as Institute President, and Dr. William White was reelected as new Executive Vice President. Dr.Dave Culver was elected to position of Institute Comptroller, and Dr. Carol Wicks was elected as the Vice President for Re search, Dr. Horton H. Hobbs III as the Vice President for Education, Mr. Robert Cronkas the Vice President for Developm ent, and Dr. Annette Summers Engel as the Vice President for Communications. Dr. John Mylroie was elected as the Board Treasurer, and Dr. Carol Wi cks was elected as Secretary, and Mr. William (Bill) Jones continues as the Chairman of the Board. Three new Directors of the Board were elected. Dr. Dorothy Vesper is an assistant professor in the Department of Geology & Geography at West Virginia University. Her main research inte rests include all-scales of wate r research, including how smallscale geochemical processes control large-scale water quality issues. Mr. Harvey Duchene is the owner of HNK Energy LLC, and is a specialist in cave inventory, hypogeniccaves, paleokars t, the relationship between karst development and tectonism, and the mineralogy of caves. Dr. Paul J. (PJ) Moore is a geologist with ExxonMobil, where he studies how karst processes affect carbonate reservoir quality and predictability, and specifically the distri bution and magnitudes of porosity and permeability in carbonate rocks. Recent Meetings of the Karst Waters Institute and Board K A R S T W A T E R S I N S T I T U T E THE CONDUITPage 3
THE CONDUIT 2009 Annual Awards Banquet Sixty-six people, including board members and guests, attended the 2009 Karst Waters Institute Award dinner in Warm Springs, Virginia, held at the Homestead Preserve Â“Old Dairy Barn.Â”The guest of honor was Professor Janet Herman who received the Karst Award. Dr. Herman is a Professor and Director of the Program of Interd isciplinary Research in Contaminant Hydrogeology, Department of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia. Other award recipients included Miss Cassie Gray Louisiana State University, Department of Geology and Geophysics, who received the William L. Wilson Scholarship for Karst Science, Dr. Ira Sasowsky for 16 years of dedicated service to the Karst Waters Institute with a Â“DropletÂ”from the KWI President, and Dr. Lee Elliott for the KWI Distinguished Service Award. Herman with Bill Jones Pre-banquet reception Cassie Gray Dan Fong & Lee Elliott Ira Sasowsky & Dan Fong New Happenings in KWI and the Karst CommunityDianne Gillespie, 1stEducation Director for the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) NCKRI has taken it first major step in developing it Educ ation Program. Dianne Gillespie was hired as NCKRIÂ’sfirst Education Director. She began work on June 22nd and brings wi th her a wealth of teaching experience from Kentucky and Tennessee, where she conducted and assist ed with cave and karst education progr ams with the National Park Service, American Cave Conservation Association, and Western Kentucky University, among others. Ms. Gillespie holds a Masters degree in education, with a focus on science and history, a nd isthe Education Division Chief of the National Speleological Society. She is an active and experienced cave explorer and surv eyor, and also brings a diverse and creative set of talents to NCKRI through her decade of theatrical and television productionexperience. Less than one month after getting settled into her new duty station at NCKRI, located in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Ms. Gillespie will begin a nationwide tour of cave, karst, science, and environmental science museums, research institutes, and university programs. Her first stop will be in Texas at the 15thInternational Congress of Speleology. The purpose of this tour will be to develop ideas from which to build NCKRIÂ’sEducation Program and Museum while establishing partnerships to enhance cave and karst education in the U.S. and internationally. KWI on Facebook A new group was created on Facebookfor the Kars t Waters Institute. Anyone with a Facebook account is welcome to join and to contribute to the Discussion Board and post pictures. KWI events will be announced periodically to members of the group. KWI Reception at the International Cong ress of Speleology(ICS), Kerrville, Texas During the ICS meeting, everyone is invited to a casual meet-and-greet Reception July 21, starting at 7 pm, in the CAC Ballroom on the Schreiner University campus. You will be able to meet w ith KWI board members and officers, and to learn about the past accomplishments and current and future projects of KWI. Light refreshments will be served. This reception is co-hosted by the Cave Research Founda tion and the National Cave andKarst Research Institute. --Submitted by Dr. George Veni, Executive Direct or, National Caveand Karst Research InstituteKWI does not share its email list with any individuals or organizationsÂ…, ever. K A R S T W A T E R S I N S T I T U T E THE CONDUITPage 4
Digital Reprint Series (on CD):These reprints range from scanned, complete publication runs to out-of-print hardcopy books. Files are in PDF format on the CD-ROMs. The publications may be view ed on a computer using (free) Adobe Acrobat software, and printed in part or in whole. $15 + shipping & handling.DR 1 (2007) Speleochronos, Volumes 1 to 10 (364 pages) ISSN 1372-6919 Reproductions of the journal published by the Centre dÂ’etudeset Recherches Appliquesau karst, 1989-1999 Articles are primarily in French, and focus on the use of cave deposits for climate studies, hydrology, and neotectonics. DR 2 (2008) Paleokarst: A systematic and regional review (725 pages) ISBN 0-444-98874-2 Reproduction of the book edited by PavelBosaket al., and published by Elsevier/Academia in 1989. This is a seminal text covering paleokarstof many regions, as well as fundamental problems and ore deposits. DR 3 (2009) Paleokarst (416 pages) ISBN 0-387-96563-7 Reproduction of the book edited by N.P. James & P.W. Choquette, and published by Springer-Verlagin 1988. Covers modern to ancient caves, cements, speleoth ems, Precambrian to Mesozoic, and hydrocarbons. DR 4 (2009) Palaeokarstsand pala eokarsticreservoirs (158 pages) Reproduction of the book edited by Wright, Esteban, and Smart, and published by PRIS-Univ. of Reading in 1991. Includes c ritical concepts for the application of karst in the study of petroleum reservoirs. DR 5 (2009) Karst Hydrology: Concepts from the Mammoth Cave Area (346 pages) ISBN 0-442-22675-6 Reproduction of the book edited by W.B. and E.L. White, and published by Van NostrandReinhold in 1989. Provides a comprehensive overview of this important carbonate aquifer, and the first book of its type for the United States. Karst Waters Institute Publications Now Available Visit http://www.karstwaters.org for more information and ordering through Paypal. Special Publication 13, Frontiers of Karst Research (Jon Martin & William B. White, editors) This 2008 publication is the result of a KWI workshop held in May, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas. The report contains three parts: Part 1 is the overview of Â“Opportunities & Recommendations, The Future Frontier;Â”Part II contains seven state-of-the-art, Â“TodayÂ’s Frontier,Â” papers presented at the workshop; and Part III consists of the seven reports, Â“Findings and Recommendations,Â”from the workshop. Soft-bound, 118 pages [ISBN 978-0-9789976-2-5] $38 + shipping & handling Thanks to the gene rosity of numerous funding agencies, this publication can also be downloaded for free from http://www.karstwaters.org Participants at the KWI Frontiers of Karst Research Workshop (2008).Special Publication 14, Karst from Recent to Reservoirs (Ira D. Sasowsky, Charles T. Feazel, John E. Mylroie, Arthur N. Palmer, Margaret V. Palmer, editors) This 2008 publication provides a compilation of extended abstracts for invited talks and contributed posters from this conference, which is described on page 7 of this newsletter. Topics span classification and types of paleokars t, the architecture and recovery behavior of paleokarstreservoirs, case studies of paleokarstaround the world, and hypogenicprocesses. Soft-bound, 221 pages [ISBN 978-0-9789976-3-2] $60 + shipping & handling K A R S T W A T E R S I N S T I T U T E THE CONDUITPage 5
THE CONDUIT Karst Waters Institute Publications Now Available Upcoming PublicationSpecial Publication 15, Select Field Guides to Cave and Karst Lands of the United States (Annette Summers Engel & Scott A. Engel, editors) This title will be released in July, 2009. This book is a new project for the Karst Waters Institute. The main goal of the book is to provide an educational ensemble of detailed, authoritative field guides for cave and karst areas of the United St ates. The book include sseven previously published field guides that were included in Special Publications originally associated with conferences sponsored by the Karst Waters Institute. To broaden the scope, five new and two previously unpublished guides were written by members of the Karst Waters Institute. The guides focus on predominatelythe geology and hydrology of a specific region, but cultural history, biologicaldiversity, and anthropogenic issues are also highligh ted by most guides. Formalroad and cave trip logs are included for some. The diverse assortment of guides should provide an entertaining mix of information fo r the reader, the traveler, and the explorer. Soft-bound, 184 pages [ISBN number 978-0-9789976-2-5] $48 + shipping & handlingVisit http://www.karstwaters.org for more information and ordering through Paypal. Chapters include: Â•Field trip to Endless Caverns, New Market Virginia (by William K. Jones) Â•Field trip Guide to the Antietam Battlefield National Park (by William K Jones) Â•Karst Field Trips: The Appalachian Valley of Central Pennsylvania (by William B. White & Elizabeth L. White) Â•Field Trip Guide: A Brief Introduction to the Geology, Hydrogeology, and Natural History of North Central Florida (by Jon Martin & Roger Portell) Â•Field Trips to Mammoth Cave and its Drainage Basins, the South Central Kentucky Karst (by William B. White) Â•The Mammoth Cave Area Tour (by Thomas Poulson) Â•The Karst of Carter Caves State Resort Park and Surrounding Area, Northeastern Kentucky (by Annette Summers Engel & Scott A. Engel) Â•Field Guide to Shallow Karst in Southwestern Illinois (by Carol Wicks & Samuel Panno) Â•Field Trip Guide to DevilÂ’s Icebox Basin, Missouri (by Carol Wicks) Â•A Day at MaramecSpring Park, Missouri (by Carol Wicks) Â•A Brief Review of the Geologic Setting of the Pikes Peak Region,Colorado (by Louise Hose) Â•Speleogenesis of Cave of the Winds, Manitou Springs, Colorado (by Fred Luiszer) Â•Field Guide to the Paleokarstof the southern Black Hills (by Arthur N. Palmer & Margaret V. Palmer) Other Special Publications Available SP 3 (1997) Conservation and Protection of the Biota of Karst SP 4 (1997) The West Virginia Karst Atlas SP 6 (2001) Mapping Subterranean Biodiversity SP 7 (2002) Hydrogeology & Biology of Post Paleozoic Carbonate Aquifers SP 8 (2003) Recommendations & Guidelines for Managing Caves on Protected Lands SP 9 (2004) Epikarst SP 10 (2006) Climate Change Â–The Karst Record, IV SP 11 (2007) Benchmark Papers in Karst Science SP 12 (2007) Time in KarstTHE CONDUIT K A R S T W A T E R S I N S T I T U T E THE CONDUITPage 6
Recent KWI Conference Karst from recent to reservoirs: International conference on paleokar st& multi-permeability flow systems Rapid City, South Dakota, June 7-11, 2008 This KWI-sponsored conferencetook place at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SouthDakota, USA. The technical sessions included two and one-half days of talks and a poster/core session. A full-day field trip led by Art Palmer (State University of New York-Oneonta) examined the present day and paleokarstof the Black Hills region. Participants had ample opportunity for personal interaction at several receptions, as well as a ba nquet where Bill Stone (Stone Aerospace) presented the lecture "Autonomous Exploration, Mapping, and Characterization of ChannelizedKarst Aquifers". The meeting concluded with a committee-of-the-whole discussing th e outcomes of the event, as well as future directions. A main goal of the meeting was to promote exchange betwee n researchers working in modern karst systems and those who explore paleokarstreservoirs for petroleum production. This as piration was amply met with strong participation from both constituencies, and great interest in the varied types of data presented. Many of the presentations emphasized the common theme of struct ure-process-time, reminding us that there is great value in understanding these challenging systems using traditional geological concepts. However, this does not (necessarily) mean using low-tech approaches, and there were many presentation s using advanced technologies, computed tomography, digital simulations, etc. Conceptual models have been much refined sinceearlier meetings on this topic. In particular, it is now recognized that hypogenickarst, formed through deep-seated dissolution pro cesses, may be much more widespread than previously considered. This brings in to light some probl ems with terminology, because the word "karst" as originally defined was based upon near surface geolog ic processes. In addition, it is quite likely that many reservoirs, which might at first pass be considered "buried karst", might actually never have been subjected to surficialprocesses. Where would such reservoirs fit in a sequence-stratigraphicframework? This emphasizes the importance of employing modern field studies for the recognition of correctreservoir analogs. Investigations of both active and inac tive systems at scales ranging from submillimeter (thin sections, SEM) to multi-kilometer (wellfield, cave surveying, geophysics) all provide important insights that will benefit exploration and development. The benefit of using core and imaging logs was recognized, though caution must be exercised because a single well samples only a limited portion of the reservoir. The assembled scientists were reticent to suggest anychanges to definitions or classification schemes, but instead emphasi zed the value of detailed characterization of each field/setting. Areas that were identified as valuable for future research included: the role of microorganisms in porosity development; cons equences of global icehouse/greenhouse settings; consequences of global calcite/aragonite seawater chemistry; Â“dekarstification" by sediment infill-mechanical collapse-precipitation; mechanisms for deep sediment infilling; synchronous carbonate deposition and karst development; the role of ore-generating MVT processes; going beyond modern systems by modeling; applying results of aquifer studies to petroleum reservoirs. Conference co-chairmen were Chip Feazel(ConocoPhillips, Houston), John Mylroie (Mississippi State University) and Ira D. Sasowsky (University of Akron, Ohio). Cooperating organizations for the meeting were: ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Edwards Aquifer Authority, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (USA), National Park Service (USA), U.S. Geolog ical Survey, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the American Ch emical Society Petroleum Research Fund. There were 85 participants representing Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexi co, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States. The proceedings were issued as the Karst Waters Institute Special Publication 14, which are available for purchas e from http://www.karstwaters.org--Submitted by Dr. Ira Sasows ky, University of Akron Participants during the midweek field trip (2008). One of the field trip stops was at the Hot Springs Mammoth Site (2008). K A R S T W A T E R S I N S T I T U T E THE CONDUITPage 7
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: AnchialineEcosystems: Reflection and Prospects 17-20 November, 2009; Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain The symposium will examine what we know and what we can infer about the environment, ecology, biodiversity and evolutionary history of anchialineecosystems in order to provide a focus for the development of in terdisciplinary research. Because this wor k is scattered through the literature of different disciplines, there is much to be gained by bringing together leading researche rs that work on various aspects of anchialineecosystems. Presentations will be grouped around six interdisciplinary themes, including Geology, Hydrology and Hydrogeochemistry, Habitats and Water Quality, Microbiology and Ecosystem Processes, Physiology and Ecology, Evolutionary History, Historical Biogeography and Molecular phylogenetics, and Biodiversity and Conservation. The sponsoring organizations, the Karst Waters Institute (USA) and the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (Spain), are excited to join forces in this endeavor. Abstracts are due Sept. 1, 2009. Registration and venue information can be found at the website: http://imedea.uib-csic.es/anchialine-symp/.Upcoming MeetingsInternational Congress of Speleology July 19-26, 2009; Kerrville, Texas, USA The Congress will be hosted by the National Speleological Society. It is a great opportunity for all to meet and exchange ideas on our common interest, the caves and karst of the world. There will be many excursions to caves and karst areas in the USA, including pre-and post-Congress field camps as well as the day tr ips during the Congress. The Karst Waters Institute is one of the sponsoring organizations. For more information, see: http://www.ics2009.us/ IV-thInternational Symposium on Karst, Malaga-2010. This meeting will be held in Malaga, Spain, April 27-30, 2010. The first circular is out with registration forms, registration fees, and information on abstracts. http://www.cehiuma.uma.es The 13-th Water-Rock Interaction Conference -WRI-13 This conference will be held in Guanajuato, Mexico, from August 16-20, 2010. Although this conference covers all aspects of water-rock interaction chemistry, there will be a special session on water-rock interactions in karst. The details are on the website http://wri13.cicese.mx/ Educational Opportunities PhD Student/Post-doctoral Researcher, Ge ological Sciences, University of Florida Funding is available for a PhD student and/or Post-doctoral Researcher to conduct research into water-rock reactions and flow in eogenetickarst aquifers of northern Florida and the Bahamas. For the PhDposition, preference will be given to students with MS degrees, but outstanding students with a BS degree w ill be considered. For the Post-doctoral position, the successful candidate should have completed all requirements for the PhD. Positions are available starting January 2010. For information, send an email to Jon Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org PhD Student/Post-doctoral Researcher, Geol ogical Sciences, Louisiana State University Funding is available for a Post-doctoral Researcher and PhD st udents to conduct research into the linkages between hydrology and biology of karst systems, from microbes to animals adapted to the subsurface habitat. Applicants should have strong academic backgrounds in geology, hydrogeology, and/or aqueous geochemistry. Excellent oral/written communication skills and teamwork spirit are essential. Positions are available starting January 2010.For information, send an email to Carol Wicks, email@example.com THE CONDUIT THE CONDUIT K A R S T W A T E R S I N S T I T U T E THE CONDUITPage 8
The Karst Waters Institute (KWI) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit institution whose mission is to improve the fundamental understanding of karst water systems through sound scientific research and the education of professionals and the public. The institute is governed by a Board of Directors and does not have or issue memberships. Institute activities include the initiati on, coordination, and conduct of research, the sponsorship of confer ences and workshops, and occasional publication of scientific works. KWI supports these activities by acting as a coordinatingagency for funding and personnel, but does not supply direct funding or grants to individual researchers. The Mission can best be summarized by the following goals:Advance scientific knowledge by fostering interdisciplinary stateof-the-art karst research to en sure a valid and reliable basis for information provided to both the public and private sectors and the scientific community. Objectives under this goal are: Â•Sponsor interdisciplinary national and international conferences and symposia; Â•Provide karst scientists an outlet for the current work by publishing proceedings volumes from conferences and symposia; Â•Encourage karst scientists to publish their completed research in respected journals; Â•Contribute to enhancing the stature of karst-based journals; Â•Promote the dissemination and accessibility of karst literatureand karst-specific databases; Â•Establish a program to stimulate a nd coordinate collaborative research; Â•Develop or identify appropriate techniques and methods for karst research, based on studies of sufficient scale and duration, to advance our understanding of this vital resource. -Stimulate cooperative graduate student education with degree-gra nting institutions to ensure an adequate supply of karst scientists in the future. Objectives under this goal include: Â•Offer interdisciplinary short courses designed to draw togethergraduate students from diverse backgrounds; Â•Provide support for graduate students through the William L. Wilson Scholarship for Karst Science. -Increase awareness and appreciation of karst water resources and their vulnerability through the education of both scientific professionals and the public. Objectives under this goal include: Â•Present research findings and the need for protection of ka rst resources through appropriate channels for the public; Â•Present the Karst Award and the William Wilson Scholarship Award annually with appropriate news outlets invited; Â•Sponsor short courses with emphases on increa sing the awarenessof karst resources managers. -Provide expertise to identify and contribute to the solution of environmental and land-use risks to karst regions, including pollution of karst aquifers, flooding problems, and land-collapse and subsidence. The objective under this goal is: Â•Cooperate with the public and private sectors on the preventionand solution of karst problems. K A R S T W A T E R S I N S T I T U T E THE CONDUITPage 9The Karst Waters Institute Mission Guests at the KWI Award Dinner reception (2009). Listening to Dr. Herman at the KWI Award Dinner (2009).
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