“Is the Dead Sea Dead?”
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
“Is the Dead Sea Dead?”

The Dead Sea is a terminal lake and is the lowest water body on the earth’s surface. As a result of historic changes in inflows to the Dead Sea, water levels are now receding at more than 1 m per year. There have been many proposed solutions to the ‘dying’ Dead Sea such as reinvigorating the Jordan River by bringing in desalinated water from the Mediterranean Sea and pumping seawater from the Gulf of Aqaba. Water quality impacts on the Dead Sea were evaluated for the latter solution by constructing a suite of mathematical models of the circulation and chemistry in the Dead Sea. Will these proposed ‘solutions’ save the Dead Sea or will they cause other problems?

Scott A. Wells, has a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and graduate and undergraduate degrees from MIT and Tennessee Technological University. He served as Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at PSU from 2002-2014 and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Environmental Engineering, conducts webinars for EPA in water quality modeling, and teaches workshops on how to perform water quality modeling of surface water bodies.

His current research focus is environmental fluid mechanics and primarily the development of surface water quality and hydrodynamic modeling tools. He has written over 100 technical publications and is a co-developer of the current version of the CE-QUAL-W2 model used throughout the world for hydrodynamic and water quality modeling studies. He has been involved in about 150 water body studies throughout the United States as well as projects in Canada, Iraq, China, Guyana, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Spain, Ukraine and Israel/Jordan.

His work in China in cooperation with Three Gorges University in Yichang focuses on improving water quality in the Yangtze River and evaluating how to control water quality impacts from the Three Gorges Reservoir He has been actively involved in studies for local, state and federal government as they work on improving water quality in surface water systems and in understanding the environmental impacts of reservoirs.

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