The Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute provides a statewide center of expertise in water and associated land-use and serves as a repository of knowledge for use in education, research, planning, and community service.
The WRRI goals are to serve public and private interests in the conservation, development, and use of water resources; to provide training opportunities in higher education whereby skilled professionals become available to serve government and private sector alike; to assist planning and regulatory bodies at the local, state, regional, and federal levels; to communicate research findings to potential users in a form that encourages quick comprehension and direct application to water related problems; to assist state agencies in the development and maintenance of a state water management plan; and to facilitate and stimulate planning and management that:
provides water planning and management organizations with tools to increase efficiency and effectiveness of water planning and management
Climatological and Cultural Influences on Annual Groundwater Decline in the Mississippi Delta Shallow Alluvial Aquifer: Modeling Potential Solutions (Year Two)
MWRRI-sponsored research in the previous year resulted in a model that can simulate the effects of climatological variability, crop acreage changes, and specific irrigation methods on consequent variations in the water volume in the aquifer. The objective of this research is to continue development and refinement of the model by using 2007 climatological and water use data to validate the model results and to then use the model to test and recommend specific management strategies aimed at stabilizing the drawdown in aquifer water volume. The simulation model will be a valuable tool that can be easily used to reflect climatic variability and changes in the cultural practices in the region, and easily modified as new information becomes available. The model will enable management decisions to be made that will allow sustainable use of the groundwater resource.