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A Drought of Texas-Sized Proportions: When Praying for Rain Just Won’t Do the Trick

Texas is a land of extremes. Some of the biggest hats, trucks and guns I’ve ever seen were in Texas.  I once ordered a chicken-fried steak so large that it spilled over the edge of my plate.   And the weather…well…entire books have been written about it. It’s as extreme as it gets. When it rains, … Continue reading

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Just back from talks at the GSA meeting in Charlotte, UNC Chapel Hill, Grand Valley State, the American Water Summit in Chicago, and the Milken Institute California Summit. Next week I’ll be speaking locally, at Orange Coast College, where a screening of Last Call at the Oasis will follow my lecture.  In between Thanksgiving and … Continue reading

Groundwater on Times Square!

Congratulations to Richard Vijgen, the winner of the HeadsUp! 2011 visualization contest, announced on December 7th by contest organizers Peggy Weil and Visualizing.org.  Contestants, who were design professionals and students, used real groundwater data, including our groundwater depletion estimates derived from NASA GRACE observations, to produce informative and visually-stimulating animations that help drive home the message of widespread groundwater depletion all … Continue reading

My Visit to Aggieland (3/50)

There’s a lot of things that I miss about Texas, my former home for nearly 8 years.  The barbeque…the football…the music.  The accents. The liberal use of y’all.  The occasional use of the ‘double y’all,’ as in ‘y’all get y’all some cobbler.’ The freedom to wear a cowboy hat (I have two) without looking like … 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.