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 over the world.  Richard’s visualizations, which used our data and USGS data on groundwater depletion from Dr. Lenny Konikow, will be displayed on the Thomson Reuters and NASDAQ signs in Times Square on World Water Day, March 22, 2012. Here they are:

Honorary mention goes to WaterPositive by James Willeford and Linda Chamorro.

and to Groundwater in Movement by Roxana Torre. Click here to see the video

About Jay Famiglietti

Jay Famiglietti is a Professor of Earth System Science of and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He and his research team use satellites and develop computer models to track changing freshwater availability and groundwater depletion around the world. Famiglietti is an active speaker, a frequent advisor to national and international government officials on water issues, and a regular contributor the National Geographic Water Currents and to the Huffington Post blogs.


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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.

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