GARDINER LECTURE TO FOCUS ON WATER AVAILABILITY, CONSERVATION


     A noted hydrologist who monitors the world’s water supply using NASA satellites will assess water security during a Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture October 3 in Manhattan. Jay Famiglietti, a senior scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, and a professor at the University of California-Irvine, will make a presentation titled “Water, Food and Energy: Interwoven Challenges to Sustainable Resource Management” at 7:00 p.m. in McCain Auditorium on the Kansas State University campus.
     “The common issue in over half of the world’s major aquifers is that we use more water than is available on an annual renewable basis, primarily for food production, and we make up the shortfall from groundwater,” Famiglietti said.
     He suggests most groundwater around the world is poorly managed. Consequently, aquifers in India, the Middle East and China are being depleted at a very rapid pace.
     Famiglietti is the third speaker in the Gardiner lecture series. The purpose of the lectures is to provide science-based information about the global food system.
     He believes the era of water abundance is over and recognizing this is a critical first step to conservation and efficiency. Famiglietti said better water awareness and technology that helps monitor and manage water “budgets” will be necessary.
     “We all need to become water managers,” he said.
     The lecture is free to attend. It also will be streamed live on
www.k-state.edu/globalfood/lecture-series.


 

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