Update: New Project Uses Satellites for Rapid Assessment of Flood Response Costs

by |May 15th, 2017

The limited ability of a government to rapidly allocate funds for effective response immediately after disasters is a potentially dangerous bottleneck. Can satellite remote-sensing data, ground-based information, hydrometeorological data, and financial instruments be tied together in an effective way to allow for efficient and comprehensive disaster response? Columbia Water Center is investigating this question in… read more

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Integrated Model for the Water-Food-Energy Nexus

by |December 12th, 2016

As part of the America’s Water Initiative, the Columbia Water Center is developing an integrated model in an attempt to understand the dynamics of the Water-Energy-Food nexus under climate variability. This endeavour is unique in the sense that the model is spatially explicit for the whole of the conterminous US, enabling the propagation of processes… read more

The Second Annual Global Workshop on Mining-related Water and Environmental Risks and their Financial Implications

by |November 2nd, 2016

The mineral extraction industry faces the dual challenge of rising water management costs and growing public scrutiny of the often-irreversible effects of mining on local land and water resources. Awareness of these risks has led to a growing desire from industry leaders to better assess and manage water resources. On September 13, 2016, Columbia Water… read more

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America’s Water: Developing a Road Map for the Future of our Nation’s Infrastructure

by |March 22nd, 2016

The Columbia Water Center released a new white paper titled America’s Water: Developing a Road Map for the Future of Our Nation’s Infrastructure. Water security in the U.S. is increasingly threatened with many utilities facing major supply issues (water quantity and/or water quality), aging infrastructure, and major fundi ng shortfalls. A trusted, transparent, fact based… read more

Global Workshop on Mining-related Water and Environmental Risks and their Financial Implications

by |March 4th, 2016

On November 30, 2015, the Columbia Water Center hosted a global workshop on mining-related water and environmental risks and their financial implications. Over 50 participants who work in varying sectors of the mining industry as well as academics and financial professionals attended the workshop. The purpose of the meeting was to gain input for the… read more

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America’s Water Event Coming Up! Register Now

by |January 29th, 2016

America’s Water: Innovation at Work Friday, March 25, 2016   8:30 am to 12:00 pm Columbia University, Faculty House Register Today! This year’s event, America’s Water: Innovation at Work, will focus on three prominent themes facing water in America today – Water Infrastructure, Financing Water Projects and the future of Water Utilities. The America’s Water Initiative is a program… read more

Columbia Water Center Researchers to Present at AGU Annual Fall Conference

by |December 7th, 2015

Columbia Water Center researchers will be among the hundreds of word-class scientists presenting at the American Geophysical Union’s annual fall conference. The conference will be held from December 15-19th, 2014. The schedule of researcher presentation times is listed below: Friday, 18 December 2015 13:40 – 18:00 Moscone South – Poster Hall GC53G-1301 A future Demand Side Management… read more

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America’s Water Webinar: Using Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) to Map Regional Water Futures

by |September 28th, 2015

What are plausible alternative scenarios for society’s evolution (for example, population and economic growth and distribution) in different regions with different water futures? Join the Columbia Water Center and CUAHSI for our next America’s Water Webinar in which Benjamin L. Preston and Mariya Absar of Oak Ridge National Laboratory discuss how they they are working on applying the new “Shared Socioeconomic… read more

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New Article on Water: “Liquid Assets” from Columbia Magazine

by |September 18th, 2015

The Columbia Water Center and affiliated Columbia University researchers feature prominently in “Liquid Assets,” the new Columbia Magazine cover story about water by Paul Hond. In the piece, Columbia Water Center Director Upmanu Lall talks about the excessive energy consumption for water and the need for more efficient agricultural water use, especially in water-stressed regions such as California…. read more

CWC Director Upmanu Lall Featured in Voice of America Article

by |July 31st, 2015

Last week, Voice of America ran an article by Mark Snowiss about how California can learn from Australia to manage drought and water scarcity. Columbia Water Center Director Upmanu Lall commented for the piece on California’s out-of-date water laws, which Lall described as a “use-or-lose system that prevents more economically efficient water use.” The article… read more

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