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TitleWorkshop summary and gap analysis report: unifying groundwater science in southern Ontario
AuthorRussell, H A JORCID logo; Priebe, E H; Parker, J R
SourceOntario Geological Survey, Open File Report 6310, 2015, 80 pages
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20150257
PublisherOntario Geological Survey
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectshydrogeology; Nature and Environment; groundwater
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience, Aquifer Assessment & support to mapping
AbstractTo inform program development, project collaboration and ensure alignment with client needs, a workshop was held on March 6th 2015 titled Unifying Groundwater Science in Southern Ontario. Attendance was solicited by email with approximately 150 invitations, and 74 attendees. The one-day workshop was structured with two half-day sessions. The morning session focused on groundwater geoscience information gaps (GAPS), emerging from the Source Water Protection funding era of 2004-2015. The afternoon session focused on the need for data management unification and accessibility within open government initiatives. To frame the discussions, 7 talks were presented in the morning and 5 in the afternoon by Ontario Ministry representatives, Conservation Authorities, Academia, Municipalities and the Geological Survey of Canada. This report synthesizes comments made during discussion sessions by workshop participants, and provides a review of that feedback.
Workshop participants identified more than 30 groundwater geoscience GAPS and these have been summarized in 7 categories that represent key themes. The 7 categories are i) communications, ii) standards and protocols iii) hydro- and geo-chemistry, iv) surface water groundwater, v) geology and hydrogeology, vi) climate change, and vii) data management and dissemination. Work is ongoing on many of the GAPS, and in numerous cases the GAP highlights the magnitude of geographic scale, the complexity of geological hydrogeological systems and the iterative research approach that is warranted. As a first step in addressing the GAPs, three communications focused endeavours are under development comprising i) a monthly online WebEx conference presentation, ii) an annual winter workshop, and iii) an annual meeting in which these GAPS are re-visited and progress is evaluated.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Workshop report and GAP analysis with Ontario Geological Survey and coordinated with Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and Conservation Ontario.

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