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Last Call at the Oasis: Will There be Enough Water for the 21st Century?





Student Activity Center (SAC) Auditorium (map)

Pre-lecture activities start at 5:45 p.m. Lecture followed by questions & answers from 7-8:15 p.m.

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The event will take place on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin in the Student Activity Center (SAC) Hall Auditorium. Click here for a map to SAC.

by Dr. Jay Famiglietti
Professor, Earth System Science, University of California - Irvine

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 7 PM CT, Student Activities Center (SAC)

What is the Lecture About?

Lecture title: Last Call at the Oasis:  Will There be Enough Water for the 21st Century?

Without water, life cannot exist.  Yet, our most precious resource faces major threats which are pushing it to the brink of depletion in many regions.

How might climate change and population growth affect the way your water is replenished? Jay Famiglietti explores this question for both Texas and California using innovative satellite technology.

Presenter's Biosketch

Jay Famiglietti has a passion for, and commitment to, preserving Earth's environment for future generations. As Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling at the University of California – Irvine, Dr. Famiglietti focuses on modeling and remote sensing of the terrestrial and global water cycles. His Hydrology & Climate Research Group is taking a lead role in accelerating the  development of next-generation hydrological models for use in  addressing a number of high priority issues.

Dr. Famiglietti’s work has implications for how we understand the Earth’s water cycle, its interactions in the land-ocean-atmosphere-ice system, and for monitoring changes in freshwater availability in the face of global environmental change.  He was a featured scientist in a film entitled Last Call at the Oasis, which was produced by the same company that brought us An Inconvenient Truth.

Websites of Interest:

Commander Ben's Invasive Species Academy at Jay Famiglietti's Hot Science - Cool Talks Lecture, October 26, 2012

"Wanted: Vision and Leadership to Ensure a Sustainable Water Future for America": A National Geographic NewsWatch Article Posted by Dr. Famiglietti July 2, 2012

Hydrology & Climate Research Group, UC Irvine: The Hydrology & Climate Research Group in the Department of Earth System Science at UC Irvine is the research group of Dr. Famiglietti. 

U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources: This website provides information to help understand the Nation's water resources, and provides access to water data, publications, and maps, as well as to recent water projects and events.

Drought Technology Steering Committee Website: Summarizes the current status and trends of drought and water resources in Texas for resource managers, policy makers, scientists and engineers, and other stakeholders. 

Teacher Workshop Information:

A K-12 teacher workshop will be held at the event beginning at 5:45 p.m. Teachers who attend the workshop and/or the evening's lecture can receive professional development credit. To RSVP and join the workshop please visit our Teacher Opportunities Page.

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