University of California, Riverside

Salinity Forum 2014

Salinity Forum 2014


Photo credit: Donald Suarez – salt affected fields in Grand Valley Colorado


    • What:  Salinity Forum 2014
    • Where:  Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, California
    • When:  June 16-18, 2014
    • Fee:  $450.00 on or before May 25, 2014; $600.00 after May 25, 2014, based on availability


Increased demands on fresh water supplies in arid regions threaten the future sustained availability of fresh water for irrigation and crop production. Currently the quantity of water consumed in these regions exceeds replenishment levels while these regions are facing population increases and subsequent increased municipal and industrial water demands. Current climate change predictions indicate that many arid regions presently irrigated will face increasing temperatures and decreasing rainfall, further aggravating the water scarcity in these regions. The need to increase food production in arid regions can only be achieved by increased productivity of irrigated lands and/or increased acreage under irrigation. Alternative water supplies as well as more efficient use of existing water supplies are essential in avoiding a food crisis in regions such as the Middle East, North Africa, and to sustain the food production and local economies in the southwestern U.S., among others. Also, increased use of marginal water such as brackish and treated wastewater increases the risk of reduced water productivity due to higher salinity levels.        


Following two previous successful forums that addressed salinity aspects of water resource management and irrigated agriculture, salinity still affects many aspects of humans’ lives and thus should be persistently addressed. It is believed that during the 5 years since the 2nd forum took place in Australia, the research, practice and policy on salinity management have been further advanced and thus, the profession will benefit from an event that will present advancements in new work on salinity. The Forum will address issues critical to salinity management and maintaining or enhancing food production, while considering economic and social aspects.     


Some of the features that distinguish this 3 day Forum include:

  • Interdisciplinary focus;
  • Interactions between research, practice, and policy;
  • Wide international participation;
  • Increased representation from developing and developed countries.

The Forum will maintain a balanced program to include policy and various scientific disciplines, such as, soil chemistry, soil physics, plant sciences, irrigation science, agronomy, technology applied at the plant field and basin level, modeling, and economics.         


  • Social and economic impacts of salinization
  • Sustainable soil management under irrigation with saline waters
  • Salt tolerance of crop and pasture species
  • Regional watershed and basin management strategies for salinity control
  • Wildlife impacts related to salinization
  • Mapping and monitoring salinity at regional and field scales
  • Development of plants with improved salt tolerance
  • Treated sewage water reuse and disposal
  • Old places same problems? Salinity impacts and management interventions
  • Conjunctive use of surface water, ground water, recycled drainage water


Dr. Daniel Hillel, 2012 World Food Prize Laureate

A world-renowned environmental scientist and hydrologist, Dr. Hillel has confronted environmental concerns with innovation, action, and creativity and in the process has ensured that our daily lives and the planet's safety are no longer at odds. He has worked in over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australia. A major focus has been on the Middle East, where he served as a consultant to the governments of Israel, Pakistan, the Sudan, Iran, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, and elsewhere; and as advisor to the World Bank and to the United Nations. He brings first-hand experience, intimate knowledge, as well as deep insight to the region's environment and culture. His innovative techniques in soil and water management have ameliorated the daily lives of the rural citizens of these countries and of countries on all continents.


Donald Suarez, USDA ARS Salinity Laboratory; Ariel Dinar Water Science & Policy Center, UCR; Carol O’Brien, Water Science & Policy Center, UCR; Doug Parker, Agriculture & Natural Resources, UC; Jeffrey Sims, Western Municipal Water District; RC Sutton, AEE Dept., UCR


Jorge Batlle-Sales, University of Valencia, Spain; Sharon Benes, Califonia State University, Fresno; Yoram Cohen, University of California, Los Angeles; Daniel Cozad, Central Valley Salinity Coalition; Dennis Corwin, USDA Salinity Laboratory; David Crowley, University of California, Riverside; Ariel Dinar, University of California, Riverside; Jean Fried, University of California, Irvine & UNESCO; Steve Grattan, University of California, Davis; Jan Hopmans, University of California, Davis; Daniel Isidoro, Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón (CITA), Spain; Shoaib Ismail, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, Dubai; Iddo Kan, Hebrew University, Israel; Jeff Mosher, Southern California Salinity Coalition; Rana Munns, University of Western Australia & CSIRO; Andrew Noble, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka; James Oster, University of California, Riverside; Douglas Parker, University of California, ANR; Manzoor Qadir, United Nations University, Canada; Kurt Schwabe, University of California, Riverside; Jeffrey Sims, Western Municipal Water District; Donald Suarez, USDA Salinity Laboraory; Tibor Toth, Hungarian Academy of Science, Hungary; Leon van Rensburg, University of Free State, South Africa;Laosheng Wu, University of California, Riverside


 CLICK HERE to see the sponsors of the 3rd International Salinity Forum.






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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Water Science & Policies Center
In association with the Department of Environmental

Geology 2228A

Director: Ariel Dinar
Tel: (951) 827-2875
Fax: (951) 827-2711
Associate Director: Kurt Schwabe
Tel: (951) 827-2361
Assistant: Carol O'Brien
Tel: (951) 827-9772