The 2016 Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture features Dr. Jay Famiglietti, California Institute of Technology and University of California, Irvine, who will speak on the topic of Water and sustainability: 21st century realities and the global groundwater crisis.
This is a free public lecture.
For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will also be available via livestream after the lecture.
Climate models and decades of satellite data are converging on the unfortunate reality that Earth’s water cycle is changing. The evolving water cycle of the 21st century will likely be stronger, more variable, and will result in broad swaths of mid-latitude drying, accelerated by the depletion of the world’s major groundwater aquifers. A well-defined geography of freshwater ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ is clearly emerging. What does water sustainability mean under such dynamic climate and hydrologic conditions, in particular when coupled with future projections of population growth? How will water managers cope with these new normals, and how will food and energy production be impacted? In this talk I will review what our latest satellite-based research tells us, and I will share my personal experiences with science communication and water diplomacy.
About Jay Famiglietti
Dr. Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist and the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He is also a professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he was Founding Director of the UC Center of Hydrologic Modeling. He was appointed to the California State Water Boards (Region 8) by Governor Jerry Brown. Famiglietti’s research group uses satellites and develops advanced computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing in California, the western U. S. and around the globe. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America, he is a frequent speaker, an avid writer and he is committed to science communication. Prof. Famiglietti is a regular advisor to state and federal government officials on water availability and water security issues, and his work is often featured in the international news media.