Water+Food+Energy Nexus

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

Upcoming Event: Innovation and Technology: Israel’s Solution to the Global Water Crisis

by |October 23rd, 2015

The Jewish National Fund, the Columbia Water Center and the Earth Institute are pleased to present a talk by Seth M. Siegel on “Innovation and Technology: Israel’s Solution to the Global Water Crisis.” (download flyer) Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 12:00 PM — School of International Affairs Building – Room 501A Seth M. Siegel is a… read more

“We Never Know the Worth of Water Til the Well is Dry”

by |November 11th, 2014

Columbia Water Center partners Kamal Vatta and Romit Sen of the Centers for International Projects Trust in India have published a column in the India Water Review in which they call for more attention to India’s urgent groundwater crisis: “Our country is the largest user of groundwater in the world with an estimated annual use… read more

Professor Lall Interviewed in India Water Review

by |September 9th, 2014

Columbia Water Center Director Upmanu Lall was interviewed for the August 2014 issue of India Water Review. In the interview, Professor Lall discusses the potential for “poorly managed land and water resources” to cause “exploitation and conflict,” explains the multi-dimentional nature of water conflict and how pricing, technology and procurement can help fix India’s water… read more

Columbia Water Center Director Upmanu Lall Addresses Water Challenges in India

by |September 9th, 2014

In a recent trip to India, Columbia Water Center Director Professor Upmanu Lall addressed a joint seminar on Water Risks and Stewardship in India (organized by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Asian Development Bank, and the 2030 Water Resources Group), led a roundtable meeting… read more

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How can Punjab adapt to a changing climate?

by |August 29th, 2014

In a recent stakeholder consultation Towards Sustainable Water Use in Punjab Agriculture: Roadmap for Collective Action organized by Columbia Water Center partner CIPT, Columbia Water Center Director Upmanu Lall takes “a systems approach to managing water, energy, agriculture and income,” to address how the Indian state of Punjab can manage its water resource to adapt… read more

Columbia Water Center Aquanauts Research Featured in Circle of Blue Series

by |August 5th, 2014

Columbia Water Center Aquanaut student research was recently featured in three Circle of Blue Choke Point: Index series on the water crises in the Ogallala Aquifer, The Great Lakes and California’s Central Valley. Each series addresses different aspect of each water hotspot, from economics to technology, to legal and policy issues. Check out the different… read more

All the Food, Half the Water: CWC’s Tess Russo Featured in Scientific American Video

by |June 24th, 2014

Columbia Water Center’s Tess Russo explains how using new irrigation technology America could grow the same amount of food using half the water. Watch it here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/all-the-food-using-half-the-water-video/?&WT.mc_id=SA_BS_20140620

Columbia Water Center’s Ethiopia Project Featured in Nature News

by |June 20th, 2014

On June 17th, the international science journal Nature featured the Columbia Water Center’s Koraro, Ethiopia project as one of its “five ways to produce fresh water from unusual sources.” The Koraro project addresses the areas severe water shortages by using an ancient water technology to catch rainwater during the brief rainy season and recharge local… read more

Google Hangout on the Water-Energy Nexus

by |March 20th, 2014

On March 18, four of the world’s experts on water and energy infrastructure issues had an online conversation. Jon Freedman suggests 45% of the wastewater can be reused to reduce scarcity in a relatively low energy way.   Upmanu Lall extended the topic to include the water-food-energy-climate nexus.  Subsidies, in the form of water (directly) and… read more