(WESTERVILLE, OH — January 17, 2012) Professor James “Jay” S. Famiglietti, University of California, Irvine, will deliver the keynote address at the National Ground Water Association’s Emerging Issues in Groundwater Conference taking place February 27-28, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.
“Water Cycle Change and the Human Fingerprint on the Water Landscape of the 21st Century: Observations from a Decade of GRACE,” which discusses the satellite observations obtained of Earth’s water cycle from NASA’s GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) mission, is the subject of Famiglietti’s presentation.
Famiglietti, who holds a joint faculty appointment in Earth System Science and in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCI, is the founding director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling. His research group uses satellite remote sensing to track water availability and groundwater depletion on land, and has been working for many years toward improving hydrological prediction in regional and global weather and climate models. They’ve published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed literature.
In addition, Famiglietti is currently leading the Community Hydrologic Modeling Project effort in the United States to accelerate the development of hydrological models for use in addressing international priorities related to water, food, economic, climate, and global security. He’s testified before Congress on his recent work on groundwater depletion in California, which was also featured in the New York Times and he appears in the upcoming documentary on water scarcity called Last Call at the Oasis, in which he discusses the research that he will present as the 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer.
To learn more about the Emerging Issues in Groundwater Conference, as well as the many other NGWA educational offerings available, visit the events/education section of our Web site or call 800 551.7379 (614 898.7791).
NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.
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