The University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling (UCCHM) is dedicated to maintaining and developing its educational and community outreach.
The Center employs a wide range of communication channels to effectively reach the public and interested stakeholders. Specifically, the UCCHM’s social media networks circulate regional, national and international water-relevant news on a daily basis, the Center’s website distributes current UCCHM news, publications and events, blogs employed by the Center offer perspective and public discussion of water issues and research findings, public presentations by Dr. Famiglietti and UCCHM representatives including participation in TEDxUCIrvine 2013, and involvement in screenings of the 2012 documentary of the global water crisis, ‘Last Call at the Oasis,’ generate an ongoing source of public outreach.
The UCCHM frequently participates in education and outreach events with local schools, museums, aquariums and international universities. Through a partnership with CLEAN Education, a graduate student-run non-profit organization that develops climate science presentations, the UCCHM is able to reach out to K-12 students in the local community and bring water, climate and science into the classroom. Collaborative teaching workshops with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and the Aquarium of the Pacific (AOP) give the UCCHM the opportunity to guide middle and high school teachers in the use and analysis of GRACE satellite data. Speaking engagements and presentations for members of both the public and private sectors expand the exposure of UCCHM findings to a broad group of interested parties and stakeholders. Reoccurring national and international UCCHM presentations at the International Space University, the Milken Institute Global Conference National Research Council Committee, National Groundwater Association (NGWA) Summit, Urban Water Institute and CERES Conference bring the discussion of GRACE data applications to the forefront of the global stage. In addition, Dr. Famiglietti was honored as a Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer for 2012 through the Geological Society of America (GSA), giving 50 educational lectures across the United States over the course of the year and continues to brief U.S. Congress Members and Staffers about research findings.