We think of water as a source of life, peace, even holiness. But water also has power, including the power to end lives—and threaten whole civilizations. Today, converging forces—a rapidly growing population, climate change, and global economic development—are transforming our relationship with this resource. In the 20th century, residents of places with few native sources of water, such as Southern California, took water for granted—but they can’t afford to do so any longer. How can we survive a water crisis that’s already begun—but that we’d prefer to ignore? Zócalo and Occidental College present a half-day conference to discuss the lethal force of water, the financial risks of water, and how we can learn to live in a less wet world.
UCCHM Director Jay Famiglietti will be part of the panel
When Water Kills
Moderated by Thaddeus Russell, Cultural Historian, Occidental College
The threat of a giant storm was all it took to send Noah scrambling to build an ark filled with two of every creature. But today, a hurricane-induced, government-ordered evacuation isn’t enough to get a lot of people out of their homes and onto higher ground. And even drought, at least in the developed world, no longer scares us: When we run low on water, we simply bring it in from somewhere else. Is our contemporary assumption that water is plentiful and safe going to hurt us all down the line? And, if we feared water more, would we be able to do a better job of saving people from disease, flooding, drought—and even the effects of climate change? RAND Corporation senior scientist Robert Lempert, UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling director James S. Famiglietti, and Occidental College biologist Gretchen North visit Zócalo to discuss how understanding water’s dangers can protect us.
Additional panels will discuss the topics of How Much Should Water Cost? and Learning to Live With (Less) Water.
The California Department of Water Resources and the National Water Research Institute hosted a "Drought Response" Workshop on October 8, 2013, in Irvine, CA. The purpose of the workshop was to review and provide updates on drought planning, response, & mitigation measures. It was intended for water agencies and other public and local agencies involved in drought response and planning efforts. Over 75 people attended this workshop, which offered CEUs from the California Department of Public Health.
A strategic perspective on water sourcing and management for industry, energy and growth
Upstream energy has dominated the headlines due to the emergence of North America as a continental energy superpower. However, we must be able to see beyond the gas revolution if we are to build a detailed strategic picture of the energy / water nexus. As a revival of the US manufacturing base compounds already spiking industrial water withdrawals in a period of persistent drought, difficult questions must be asked about how we price, manage and develop our water assets in Texas and beyond if they are not to become a drag on economic growth.
Co-chaired by Amanda Brock of Water Standard and Clay Landry of WestWater Research, Water & Energy 2013: Looking Beyond the Shales will build upon last year’s highly successful upstream event. It will bring together leaders from business, academia and government to debate the whole water cycle: sourcing, treatment, use and reuse of water in the context of downstream petrochemicals, thermo power generation, and heavy industry.
UCCHM Director Jay Famiglietti will participate in the closing session on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM:
What can Texas Teach the World?
As the Shale Revolution rolls on, what will Texas teach the United States and the rest of the world? A panel of experts on climate change, international markets and the energy industry reveal where they will be placing their bets.
With the US moving, or trying to move, toward energy independence, the Water & Energy 2013 conference will close by asking how the experts make sense of the water-energy connection and what they think the US needs to do in order to come up with an effective energy policy. We will look at the situation in Texas in particular, the current growth coupled with increasing stress on the very water resources that make that growth possible; and, more generally, the US and abroad. We believe that what happens with water and energy in Texas will influence decisions made in the rest of the world.
Dr John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist
James Famiglietti, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Juan Gomez, Deputy Director, Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute
UCCHM Director Jay Famiglietti gave his presentation "Monitoring and Managing Groundwater Storage Changes Using the NASA GRACE Satellite Mission" during the session "Groundwater Information Reliability and International Cooperation" convened by the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre and co-convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and World Meteorological Organization.
Bringing together leaders of industry, government, research and academics to discuss the framework of a sustainable water future for Southern California
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Union Station Headquarters
700 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Honorable Grace F. Napolitano in conjunction with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California invites you and your staff to attend a dialogue about the future of water in Southern California. What will water supply and demand look like in the next 10 to 20 years given climate change, economic and population growth, and new technologies? What will be the relative costs of new supplies? Experts will address these questions and more.
Water suppliers from across Southern California will discuss what they are doing to expand their water portfolio and what more needs to be done to address major challenges. The conversation will bring together the water industry, academics, and government to talk about the training and partnerships needed to create jobs. We hope you will join us to brainstorm ways we can work together to achieve a more sustainable water future for Southern California.
The dialogue will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To R.S.V.P., please contact Elle Brunsdale with Rep. Napolitano at (202) 225-5256 or email NapolitanoRSVPs@mail.house.gov.
The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach is hosting a Movie Night on Thursday, August 8th at 7PM, for the screening of the water documentary Last Call at the Oasis. This film presents the argument about the global water crisis, highlighting the vital role that water plays in our daily lives, and exposing the defects in our current water system. The film features activist Erin Brockovich, and many other distinguished experts including UCCHM Director Jay Famiglietti. Question & Answers session after the movie. RSVP at 949-645-8489 or email email@example.com.
The Orange County Water Summit is a signature forum to explore water policy, infrastructure, sustainability, and investing for the future. This year’s program, “The Classic Tale of Water Past, Present, and Yet to Come,” looked at the viability of the Colorado River and its users, examined and evaluated our past investments in water infrastructure and related natural resource projects, identified new potential projects to meet future demand, and discussed the challenges and benefits of creating public- private financial partnerships to invest in future water reliability.
Presented by the Orange County Water District, Disneyland Resort and the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Summit was open to the general public: business professionals; international, national and state water stakeholders; elected officials; environmentalists; scientists; and community leaders to design the future of California’s water supplies and delivery systems.
TEDxUCIrvine would like to officially invite you to their second annual event themed Collaborating Forward. The event will feature 14 speakers, including UCCHM Director Jay Famiglietti, who’ve embarked on discovering unconventional perspectives for our everyday thoughts. Join us as we create, discuss, and implement "ideas worth spreading."
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2013 marks the 17th year of the Children's Water Education Festival. The Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, will take place March 27 - 28, 2013 at the University of California, Irvine.
More than 7,000 third, fourth, and fifth grade students and their teachers are expected to attend the event, presented by the Orange County Water District, Disneyland Resort, National Water Research Institute and the Orange County Water District Groundwater Guardian Team.
The Festival presents a unique opportunity to educate students about local water issues and help them understand how they can protect water supplies and their environment. Since its inception, more than 95,000 children from schools throughout Orange County have been able to experience the Festival and all it has to offer.
Last year's festival hosted students from nearly 65 public, private and home schools from 21 Orange County cities. More than 60 California organizations generously devoted their time and resources to assist in educating budding young environmental stewards.
Throughout the Festival, participating organizations engage the students through interactive educational presentations that are taught to California State Science Standards. Because of this, educators consistently rate the education value of the Festival very high.
The Festival is provided at no cost to Orange County schools. Hosting an event of this magnitude is made possible by many generous sponsors, presenters and dedicated volunteers. We are proud to work with such committed organizations and individuals each year.
It is more important than ever to teach our children that they can be responsible by making "blue" and "green" choices to help protect our precious water resources and environment now and for the future.
Each year during the Fall Meeting, AGU hosts a two-part Honors Tribute that acknowledges the achievements of our Union Awardees, Prize Recipient, Fellows, and Medalists.
Honors Ceremony and Reception
Wednesday, 5 December, 7:00 PM
Moscone North, Hall E, Room 135
AGU will present and pay tribute to the 2012 Union Awardees, Prize Recipient, Fellows, and Medalists. A champagne reception celebrating the honorees’ accomplishments follows. Both the ceremony and reception are open to all attendees and their guests. This is an open event and there is no cost to attend.
A noted expert on climate change will launch Orange Coast College’s 2012-2013 Distinguished Speaker Series with a presentation on the global freshwater crisis on Monday, November 19th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. The Distinguished Speakers series is sponsored by OCC’s Honors Program and Marine Science Program and by the OCC Foundation.
California has long been America's produce section, turning out almost 12 percent of U.S. crops in 2010 with just 3.7 percent of the nation's farms. But getting there took great innovation on the part of California agribusiness. This vitally important sector has led the way in irrigation technology, chemical fertilizers and food processing. Due to rising global food prices and recurring water shortages, California's $37.5 billion agriculture sector is at the forefront of developing new agriculture-related technologies. It is also testing technologies from beyond its boundaries in areas such as water efficiency and biomass energy. This panel will examine the significant role of innovation in California agribusiness, and how research and technology affect the state's economy as a whole.
Jay Famiglietti, expert in the global water cycle, will present "Last Call at the Oasis: Will There Be Enough Water for the 21st Century?"— part of the Hot Science-Cool Talks Outreach Series — from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in the Student Activities Center Auditorium (SAC 1.402). A pre-lecture fair starts at 5:45 p.m., featuring engaging activities in the SAC Foyer.
During the past two years, droughts have had dramatic effects on our lives through wildfires, water restrictions and rising food prices. What lies ahead for the 21st century Southwest's freshwater resources? How might climate change and population growth affect the way our water is replenished? Jay Famiglietti explores these questions for Texas and California using innovative satellite technology.
Famiglietti, director of the University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling, is a featured scientist in the film Last Call at the Oasis, which was produced by the same company that produced An Inconvenient Truth. Famiglietti has a passion for, and commitment to, preserving Earth's environment for future generations. His research focuses on modeling and remote sensing of the terrestrial and global water cycles.
The Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a screening of the film, "Last Call At The Oasis," on September 18, 2012 (World Water Monitoring Day) at the Carmike 6 Movie Theater in Charlottesville at 7:30 pm. "Last Call" is a compelling movie about water resources, water usage and, environmental issues surrounding these topics and Famiglietti is featured as one of the water experts. This is a must see for all environmental and water resources enthusiasts in this region. Local environmental professionals will be attending to say a few opening remarks, display their information and, answer questions afterwards. To purchase your tickets and for more information, please visit TUGG. Read more
LINCOLN, Neb. — A University of California, Irvine, civil and environmental engineer will talk about changes in the water cycle and human impacts on it in the 21st century in a free public lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Friday, Sept. 14.
James (Jay) Famiglietti, professor of earth system science in UCI's School of Physical Sciences, will address "Water Cycle Change and the Human Fingerprint on the Water Landscape of the 21st Century: Observations from a Decade of GRACE" at UNL's East Campus Hardin Hall, North 33rd and Holdrege Streets, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. Read more
Birdsall-Dreiss Lecture at University of California, Berkeley
UCCHM Director Jay Famiglietti was invited to testify during a Full Committee Hearing on "Drought Forecasting, Monitoring and Decision-Making: A review of the National Integrated Drought Information System."
The U.S. is currently experiencing the most widespread drought since 1956. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, two-thirds of the continental U.S. is in a moderate to exceptional drought.. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated 1,234 counties across the country as disaster areas. In response, the House Science, Space Technology Committee held an oversight hearing examining the state of drought information systems.
More specifically, the hearing focused on improving drought forecasting, monitoring and decision-making drought planning. During the hearing, witnesses urged Congress to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System. Notable speakers included the director of NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System, the executive director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, J.D. Strong and Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard.
The Nation’s corn and soybean crops are most at risk in the disaster. As of July 17, 2012, 88-percent of the country’s corn and 87-percent of the country’s soybeans are in drought-stricken areas.
March 22, 2012
WORLD WATER DAY
GROUNDWATER IN TIMES SQUARE
The breathtaking visualizations of Richard Vijgen's winning project of the HeadsUp! and Visualization.org 2011 Visualization contest will be displayed in TIMES SQUARE for a month, premiering on World Water Day. Real groundwater data, including UCCHM's groundwater depletion estimates derived from NASA GRACE observations were used to produce informative and visually-stimulating animations.
In celebration of World Water Day, Participant Media is hosting a live twitter chat tomorrow, March 22, 2012 at 1PM EST with LAST CALL AT THE OASIS director Jessica Yu, plus Jay Famiglietti and Tyrone Hayes. Join the live twitter chat! The Twitter handle is @LastCallOasis. #WaterTalk #worldwaterday Weblink
University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling
240 Rowland Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-4690