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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jay Famiglietti, Canada 150 Research Chair, Hydrology & Remote Sensing University of Saskatchewan, Executive Director, Global Institute for Water Security Senior Water Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Join the McMaster Centre for Climate Change for our 2018 Fall public lecture from Jay Famiglietti. Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, professor and the Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. Before moving to the U of S, Famiglietti served for four years as the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to working at JPL, he was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine, and at the University of Texas at Austin. Famiglietti’s research group uses satellites and develops advanced computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing around the globe. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America, he is a frequent speaker, an avid writer, and he is committed to science communication. He is a regular advisor to state, provincial and federal government officials and his work is often featured in the international news media.

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Climate models and decades of satellite data are converging on the unfortunate reality that Earth’s water cycle is changing. Paleoclimate indicators remind us that this has always been the case. Freshwater is constantly being exchanged among the atmosphere, ocean, land and ice reservoirs, while on land, patterns of precipitation, evapotranspiration, flooding and drought are shifting. The evolving water cycle of the 21st century will likely be stronger, more variable, and will result in broad swaths of mid-latitude drying, accelerated by the depletion of the world’s major groundwater aquifers. A well-defined geography of freshwater ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ is clearly emerging. What does water sustainability mean under such dynamic climate and hydrologic conditions, in particular when coupled with future projections of population growth? How will water managers cope with these new normals and how will food and energy production be impacted? The responsibility of communicating this changing global water landscape falls squarely on the shoulders of the academic-research community, yet the challenge of doing so is daunting. In this lecture I will review what our latest research tells us, and I will share personal experiences with science communication and water diplomacy.


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