Upward movement of groundwater is at the forefront of research and discussion of Yucca Mountain's safety over the next 10,000 years as a proposed nuclear repository site. Researchers have used available data and computer modeling of groundwater movement to work toward agreement on the controversial question of the mountain's geologic stability, despite the fact that the state of Nevada is opposed to an official site assessment.

Earthquakes, climate change, and magma intrusion are some of the mechanisms of water table rise that were discussed at the AGU's Spring Meeting.