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English Hydrologist To Speak Feb. 10 at NMSU Water Lecture

LAS CRUCES - Computer models that can simulate the hydrologic cycle from rainfall to river flow will be in the spotlight Feb. 10 at a New Mexico State University water lecture series.

Geoff Kite, a hydrologist and consultant with Hydrologic Solutions, a British-based engineering firm, will speak Feb. 10 at New Mexico State University as part of its water lecture series. (NMSU photo)

"New Mexico could use a simple, user-friendly hydrologic model to involve local people in an investigation of water resource options," said Geoff Kite, a hydrologist and consultant with Hydrologic Solutions, a British-based engineering firm.

Newly developed computer models can run on a personal computer or laptop. Users can change input data, such as dam operations and diversions, to see the effects on water supplies, he said.

"Water demand in many areas is reaching the limits of supply," Kite said. "Water resources planning and management is needed to ensure optimum allocation of these resources."

Kite will speak at 3 p.m. in Room 105 of Wooton Hall, located on the western edge of campus. His free, public seminar titled "What links the Egyptian Pyramids, the Greek City of Ephesus and a Chinese take-away?" is part of a water lecture series from NMSU's Water Task Force, Water Resources Research Institute and the civil and geological engineering department.

For more than 35 years, Kite has worked in hydrology and water engineering projects across the globe. He received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Durham, England, and a master's degree in hydrology from Colorado State University. His doctorate in water resources engineering is from the University of Ottawa.

Upcoming water lecture series speakers include on March 10 Nolan Doesken, assistant state climatologist with the Colorado Climate Center's Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and on April 7 Thomas Schmugge, NMSU's new Gerald Thomas Chair in Food Production and Natural Resources.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Leeann DeMouche at (505) 646-3973 or ldemouch@nmsu.edu before the event.