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Spin Cycle: Will Changing Global Hydrology Throw the Geopolitical Machine Off-Balance?

A scary thing happened to me about a year or two back. Having led over 15 years of research on how to utilize NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission to track water storage changes and freshwater availability around the world, I came to the following conclusion. We are, on many levels, completely and … Continue reading

The STIA Loewy Lecture at Georgetown University (2/50)

A visit with Georgetown University’s Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) program in the School of Foreign Service would be an eye opener for most of us in the water research community.  In the world of international affairs and security, the observables and metrics are just different than ours. In water research, we think about … Continue reading

Steven Chu is a Water Guy

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is passionate about water.  In case you missed Chu’s widely publicized interview with the LA Times back in February 2009, just after he took office, it is worth a read.  Dr. Chu rightly expresses grave concern over water issues in the U.S., including their potential impacts on agriculture in California, … Continue reading

And so it begins…McGill University (1/50)

And so it begins. I’ve just returned from my first of 50 (+/-) lectures as part of the 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Lectureship of the Geological Society of America. First stop: McGill University in Montreal.  My talk on water cycle change using GRACE was well-received. As is common for a new talk, there is lots of room … Continue reading

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Design professional Richard Vijgen's rendering of GRACE and USGS groundwater depletion data displayed on Times Square beginning on World Water Day, March 22, 2012.