UofM’s CAESER Expanding to Lambuth Campus
New Operations Will Bring Research That Could Benefit Rural Communities in West Tennessee
June 27, 2019 - The Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER) under the Herff College of Engineering is expanding its reach to the University of Memphis Lambuth.
CAESER has submitted a proposal to expand project efforts that will benefit the rural communities of West Tennessee. Most efforts will focus on agriculture and recommendations laid out in the State of Tennessee’s first water plan, TN H2O.
“With new operations out of Lambuth, CAESER will partner with local farmers and other rural community water users to address shared water availability and sustainability for the region,” said Dr. Brian Waldron, CAESER director.
CAESER has been conducting research in West Tennessee over the last three years and will expand that greatly through a footprint at Lambuth. West Tennessee projects have included monitoring restoration of Sandy Creek in Jackson in partnership with the West Tennessee River Basin Authority, mechanisms for aquifer recharge and infiltration estimation in Fayette County, and groundwater modeling in Obion County under a project with the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Expanding to Lambuth will allow CAESER to build stronger relationships with rural communities on water issues, work with urban centers like Jackson on water-related projects, and perform community mapping and data analytics to support informed decision making.
“The UofM Lambuth is very excited about Dr. Waldron and CAESER establishing a regional office on the Lambuth campus in Jackson,” said Dr. Niles Reddick, dean of UofM Lambuth and chief operating officer of the Lambuth and Millington campuses. “This is another example of how a major public research university is impacting rural West Tennessee.”
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