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Institute activities include the initiation, coordination, and conduct of research, the sponsorship of conferences and workshops, and occasional publication of scientific works. KWI supports these activities by acting as a coordinating agency for funding and personnel, but does not supply direct funding or grants to individual researchers.

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    KWI News:

  • Karst Award winner for 2014

    November 25, 2013

    The 2014 Karst Award honoree is Dr. Robert Loucks. For information on the banquet and how to reserve your seat, please see the Karst Award Dinner Announcement. The banquet will be held March 1, 2014, at 7 pm at Americas in Houston, Texas, Dr. Loucks will speak at the annual banquet. His presentation will  ...read full article


  • Announcement - The William L. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science

    October 22, 2013

    The William L. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science was established in 2002 to recognize the significant karst science contributions of the late William (Bill) L. Wilson. Bill Wilson used a variety of techniques, and unusual creativity, to tackle some of the most difficult karst science questions in Florida and elsewhere. He developed the leading karst consulting company in the United States, Subsurface Evaluations, Incorporated. To stimulate the development of new, energetic, motivated, and  ...read full article


  • Release of Special Publication 17 - Carbon and Boundaries in Karst

    June 19, 2013

    This is a new electronic publication from the Karst Waters Institute, consisting of abstracts of the conference held January 7 through 13, 2013, Carlsbad, New Mexico. The focus of the meeting was on carbon (organic and inorganic) in karst and the technical sessions were organized to emphasize either a boundary or the processing of carbon. The electronic book can be downloaded for free.


  • NEW The Conduit

    June 30, 2010