University of California

Presenter Instructions


Oral Presenter Instructions:

Oral presentations are scheduled in 20 minute intervals. (Note: For plenary speakers only, the talk length should be discussed with the moderator up front). Presenters should plan on presenting 15-17 minutes allowing 2-3 minutes for questions and answers and speaker change. Session moderators will briefly introduce speakers and guide the questions and answer section.

For those speakers using PowerPoint presentations, please use a standard 4:3 slide size. We will have laptops available running Microsoft Windows 7 or newer. We do not have MAC OS compatible laptops. Please bring your PowerPoint presentation on a USB flash drive to the conference. Please clearly label the drive with your last name and the title of your presentation to assist with the loading/presentation process.

Uploading Powerpoint presentations: A computer will be available near the registration desk to upload Powerpoint files for presentation on the following day or later. If you need to upload the presentation on the day of your presentation, please upload it during a break to the specific laptop of your track. A moderator assistant will be available to help you.

As for the 2010 conference, we will be making all presentations available on the conference website after the conference. Some presentations will also be video-taped for the conference website. We will be seeking signed permission to post these presentations on our website after the conference.

As you prepare your remarks please keep in mind that there will be no Wi-Fi available. We also strongly discourage any kind of movie presentations embedded into the Powerpoint file.

Some guidelines for oral presenters:
• Use a san serif typeface, such as Arial, Helvetica, Tahoma, or Verdana.
• Use at least 18 point font size and larger if possible. 18 point font viewed 50 feet from the screen is equivalent to 6 point font viewed at arm’s length.
• Please use company or organization logo sparingly. Please avoid commercial presentations.
• Avoid “I know you can’t read this slide” slides.
• Avoid red/yellow/green or yellow green color combinations in graphics.
• Avoid large blocks of text. The audience will shift their attention from listening to reading and miss your point.
• Use the same background and styles throughout your presentation.
• Minimize PowerPoint animation and sound effects.
• Remove tables and figures that cannot be read by the audience.
• Ensure that your verbal presentation coincides with your visual aids.
• A good rule of thumb is usually one slide per minute of talk.

Reminder on Conference Audience and Closing Slide: In preparing your presentation, keep in mind that our audience and many of our speakers are not from an academic background, represent very diverse expertise, and include a large stakeholder contingent: ag representatives, ag consultants, groundwater consultants, water district folks, local/state/national agency folks. Also keep in mind that the audience may not be familiar with the particular geographic region, hydrographic features, or legal framework of the region that you represent.

The Program Council asks that, at the end of your presentation, you present a slide that identifies: A) - if you are giving a technical/science talk - the key consequences that follow from your work for policy/policy makers/decision makers B) - if you are giving a policy talk - the key research or technical progress/breakthrough/work that would be needed to overcome current policy/decision making challenges.

One of our conference goals is to identify key challenges (across the science - policy spectrum) to the sustainability of groundwater in agriculture and to identify opportunities to address these.

Poster Presenter Instructions:

Posters cannot be no more than 3’ high and 4’ wide (90 cm high and 120 cm wide). Some guidelines for poster presenters (Courtesy of the American Geophysical Union):

• The presentation must cover the material as cited in the abstract.
• Place the title of your paper prominently at the top of the poster board to allow viewers to identify your paper.
• Highlight the authors’ names and contact information in case the viewer is interested in more information.
• Prepare diagrams or charts legibly in a size sufficient to be read at a distance of 6 feet (2 meters).
• Paragraph and figure captions should be at least in a 24-point font (0.9 cm height) and headers at least in a 36-point font (1.2 cm height). Be creative by using different font sizes, styles, and colors.
• When working with graphs or charts, use different colors and textures/symbols for each line or bar. A serif font (e.g., Times) is often easier for reading main text, and a non-serif font (e.g., Arial or Helvetica) is legible for headers and figure labels.
• Organize the presentation so it is clear, orderly, and self-explanatory.
• Use squares, rectangles, circles, etc., to group similar ideas. Avoid cluttering your poster with too much text. Label different elements as I, II, III; or 1, 2, 3; or A, B, C; making it easier for a viewer to follow your display.
• Include the background of your research followed by results and conclusions. A successful poster presentation depends on how well you convey information to an interested audience.
• Please do not laminate your poster to ensure that it can be recycled.

Poster ID Numbers: We have nearly 50 poster presentations, which will be presented in 2 separate sessions. All posters will be available for viewing for 24 hours, either on Tuesday-Wednesday or on Wednesday-Thursday (see below). Each poster board will be marked with an individual abstract number that will correspond to your poster number. Poster numbers and day of poster presentation (Tuesday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Thursday) are indicated at the bottom of this page.

Tuesday Poster Presenter Schedule: Your poster will be on display in the Harbour Room Tuesday, June 28. You must set up your poster between 11 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, June 28, and take it down no later than 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29. The posters will be on display during the June 28 hosted reception. We encourage you to spend some time at your poster during the 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. reception to answer any questions about your research.

Wednesday Poster Presenter Schedule: Your poster will be on display in the Harbour Room Wednesday, June 29. You must set up your poster between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29. The posters will be on display during the June 29 no-host reception. We encourage you to spend some time at your poster during the 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. reception to answer any questions about your research. You must take you poster down no later than 11 a.m. Thursday, June 30.

A Note on Weather Conditions: San Francisco is famous for its cold, foggy, windy summers, so be prepared! While the weather maybe sunny and very hot a few miles inland or midday at conference venue, coastal fog and wind often makes for breezy mornings and evenings. Temperatures in the fog will be around 10-15 C (50-60 F), while the thermometer may quickly rise to over 20 C (70 F) when the sun comes out. We are much looking forward to see you there. 


Poster Program with Poster ID


Session Day 1

Tuesday 1 pm thru Wednesday 11 am

Reception, Tuesday 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Agricultural Management Practices

PT-1: Yefang  Jiang, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Assessing the effects of buckwheat as a wireworm control crop on groundwater quality

PT-3: Nana  Phirosmanashvili, Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD: Groundwater Protection and Raising of Farmers Awareness

PT-4: Yefang  Jiang, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Contrast flow patterns in shallow and deep vadose zones: new insights from coupled LEACHN and MODFLOW modeling

PT-5: Ruud  Bartholomeus, KWR Watercycle Research Institute: Sub-irrigation with waste water: a soil column experiment to foresee and mitigate clogging

PT-6: Maria Teresa Vilela Nogueira Abdo, APTA: Physical and chemical water features as indicators of changes from soil management and land use

PT-7: Teddy  Kizza, NARO Mukono ZARDI: Model based estimation of turmeric yield response to saline groundwater irrigation

PT-8: Mohsen Mehran, Rubicon Engineering Corporation: Sustainable application of recycled water nitrate in agriculture


Nitrogen Assessment and Impact

PT-10: Efstathios Diamantopoulos, University of California Davis: Regional scale simulations of nitrate movement through the vadose zone using Hydrus 1D

PT-11: Barbara M Carey, Washington State Department of Ecology: Evaluation of N mass balance and soil nitrate as indicators of N leaching to groundwater in a Pacific Northwest dairy grass field

PT-12: Taryn E. Parsons, University of California, Davis: Fate of Nitrogen on California Dairies as Measured by Regulatory Reporting

PT-13: Shahar Baram, University of California, Davis: Can Nitrate Leaching form an Orchard Be Accurately Estimated?

PT-14: Brian Marsh, University of California Cooperative Extension Kern County: Does following the recommended potato nitrogen fertility guideline contribute to groundwater contamination?

PT-15: Janko  Urbanc, Geological Survey of Slovenia: Influence of agriculture on the groundwater chemical status in Slovenian alluvial plains

PT-16: Cynthia N  McClain, Stanford University: Cr(VI) and nitrate in groundwater and sediments of the southwestern Sacramento Valley, California, USA


Groundwater Salinity, Nitrate, and Pesticides

PT-17: Zhilin Guo, University of California, Davis: Groundwater salinization due to hydraulic closure in Tulare Basin over a long term time scale

PT-19: Katherine  Ransom, UC Davis: Bayesian Nitrate Source Apportionment to Individual Groundwater Wells in the Central Valley by Use of Elemental and Isotopic Tracers

PT-20: Thomas  Harter, University of California, Davis: Field Scale Groundwater Nitrate Loading Model for the Central Valley, California, 1945-Current

PT-21: Josep  Mas-Pla, Catalan Institute for Water Research & University of Girona: Characterization of agricultural nitrate pollution in a Mediterranean region: what should be the next step to deal with this environmental problem?

PT-22: Lærke  Thorling, GEUS: Indicators to identify the source of pesticide contamination to groundwater

PT-24: Martha I Valverde Flores, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agricolas y Pesqueras: Environmental impact of soil moisture monitoring through capacitance probes over aquifer contamination by nitrates

PT-25: Amanda H D'Elia, University of California, Davis: Groundwater Nitrate Attenuation and Changes in Groundwater Quality Across a California Delta Floodplain

PT-26: Noa  Bruhis, Decagon Devices Inc: Evolution and future of nitrate sensing technology

Landuse, Water Quality, and Emerging Contaminants

PT-28: Maria Teresa Vilela Nogueira Abdo, APTA: Evaluation of water quality improvements from local and state environmental projects in the Sao Domingos Basin, Brazil, 2000 – 2010

PT-34: Abdul Hakim, California Department of Public Health: Approach to Reduce Drought in California

PT-35: Mohammad Monirul Hasan, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Uni-Bonn: The impacts of piped water on water quality, sanitation, hygiene and health in rural households of north-western Bangladesh - a quasi-experimental analysis

PT-36: Mercè Boy-Roura, Catalan Institute for Water Research: Fate and persistence of emerging contaminants and multi-resistant bacteria in the continuum surface water - groundwater (the PERSIST Project)

PT-37: Takeshi Sato, Gifu University: Improvement of phytoremediation by using chelating agents


Session Day 2

Wednesday 1 pm thru Thursday 11 am

Reception, Wednesday 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Groundwater Management: Tools

PW-1: Mehdi  Ghasemizadeh, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology: Combined analysis of time-varying sensitivity and identifiability indices to diagnose the response of complex environmental models

PW-2: Steffen  Mehl, California State University, Chico: FREEWAT, a HORIZON 2020 project to build open source tools for water management: a European perspective

PW-3: Caroline Hagan Webb, UC Davis: Characterizing the Deep Groundwater System of Mount Shasta

PW-5: Stephen Maples, Univ. of California Davis: Intercomparison of C2VSim and CVHM Groundwater Budgets for DWR Subregions in the Central Valley


Climate Change and Drought Impacts

PW-7: Gabriel T LaHue, University of California, Davis: The influence of the recent California drought on water table levels in the Sacramento Valley

PW-10: Jonathan  Sottas, Nestle: Vietnam to produce more coffee with less water -Hydrogeological study of the Basaltic Plateau in Dak Lak province, Vietnam


Groundwater Management and Sustainability

PW-13: Devi Prasad  Juvvadi, Centre for Good Governance: Impact of Community Based Tank Management in Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Telangana states in India

PW-17: Abebe Guadie Shumet, Swiss Institute of Technology: Assessing the impact of existing and future water demand on economic and environmental aspects (case study from Rift valley lake basin, Ethiopia

PW-18: James Oltjen, University of California, Davis: Quantifying water dynamics for cattle grazing California rangelands

PW-20: Daniel  Urban, Ceres Imaging: Improved irrigation scheduling through airborne detection of water stress

PW-21: Foad  Foolad, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln: Exploring relationship between evapotranspiration and groundwater level fluctuations in different land covers


Managed Aquifer Rechargand Conjunctive Use

PW-25: Harum  Mukhayer, UC Davis: Drawing the Line: Borders and Boundaries Governing Conjunctive Use

PW-27: Paul  Pavelic, International Water Management Institute, Vientiane, Lao PDR: Community owned village ponds to mitigate floods and meet local irrigation demands: A novel conjunctive water use management approach

PW-28: Andrew  Fisher, University of California, Santa Cruz: Nitrogen cycling and water quality improvement during managed aquifer recharge: Experiments using reactive barrier technology

PW-29: E. K. Teo, Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, University of California: Using a GIS to develop distributed stormwater collection systems linked to managed aquifer recharge

PW-30: Pavithra Prakash, University of California, Davis: Estimating Applied Water in Alfalfa using the IWFM Demand Calculator Model

PW-31: Jiro  Ariyama, Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Science Program: Groundwater and Nitrogen Recharge Model for the On-Farm Flood Flow Capture Project in California

Groundwater Well and Pumping Management

PW-33: Morgan  Halpenny, Pumpsight LLC: Using High Frequency Pump Monitoring to Reduce Energy Consumption

PW-35: Osvaldo  Aly, UNIARA/IGc-USP: Water Security, productive restructuring and land use at Sepé Tiaraju settlement, São Paulo State, Brazil

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