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Scientists from Kazakhstan Visit the California Water Science Center

   05 March 2016

The California Water Science Center opened its doors to scientific delegates from Kazakhstan March 4. Four scientists from the Central Asian country (and two translators) visited the California Water Science Center's office in San Diego, CA, as part of a larger, nationwide tour of important scientific research areas of interest. Three CAWSC scientists lead the visitors in a discussion of important California water issues including the Salton Sea, current drought conditions, California's vast aquifer system, resource sustainability, hydrologic modeling software, and issues in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. After an informal meeting, CAWSC director Eric Reichard lead the delegates on a tour of the Center, including the Center's laboratories and a display of field gear.

Photo of USGS hydrologist meeting with visiting scientists from Kazakhstan. Three scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center hosted a meet-and-greet meeting with four visiting scientists from Kazakhstan at the CAWSC San Diego office, March 4. The scientists spoke about California and Kazakhstani water issues, and toured the Center's laboratories in a brief informal meeting.

Photo of soil sample discussion with California Water Science Center and Kazakhstan scientists Eric Reichard, U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science CenterDirector, shows visiting scientists from Kazakhstan soil samples collected by the Center's drilling program.

Photo of USGS hydrologist pointing out hydrologic locations of interest on a 3D map of Southern California. Justin Kulongoski, U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center Research Hydrologist, explains important hydrologic locations on a map of Southern California. CAWSC scientists explained the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California help provide most of the water to Southern California.

Photo of USGS California Water Science Center laboratory. Scientists from Kazakhstan check out the laboratories in the California Water Science Center office in San Diego, during a visit to the center to discuss hydrological and geological issues.

USGS hydrologist explains how gravimeters are used in hydrologic field work. Allen Christensen, U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center Hydrologist, explains how to use a Lacoste Romberg Type D Gravimeter to four scientists (and two interpreters) from Kazakhstan, who visited the Center's San Diego office March 4, 2016.

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