Sunday, August 10, 2014

Special Event: Dwindling Groundwater Reserves as Viewed through Outer Space

Save the Date!
Thursday, September 18th at 7pm at the U of MN St Paul Campus Student Center

Groundwater continues to rise as a pressing issue on local, national and international levels. Here’s an opportunity to listen to a national expert, Jay Famiglietti.

On September 18, Dr. Jay Famiglietti, who has led research exploring declines in Earth’s stores of groundwater measured over the last decade by an orbiting NASA satellite, will be delivering a free public lecture, sponsored by the Freshwater Society and the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences. 

Dr. Famiglietti is working on a book on climate change, emerging threats to water security and modern view of the global water crisis. His talk will be delivered at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Student Center of the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. The Freshwater Society’s speaker series, now in its fifth year, honors the late Malcolm Moos, a former president of the University of Minnesota.

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The satellite sensing, known as the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment or GRACE, detects changes in the mass of water entering or leaving a region on the Earth’s surface. And the news is not good.

“Results point to the harsh reality that groundwater in most of the world’s major aquifers — in India, the Middle East, China, and even in the High Plains and Central Valley aquifers in the United States — is being rapidly depleted, likely never to be replaced” Dr. Famiglietti says. “The global pattern of groundwater depletion also raises important concerns about the potential for heightened conflict, and about climate, water, food and economic security.”

Dr. Famiglietti is a hydrologist and professor of Earth System Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Learn more about the lecture and Dr. Famiglietti here:

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