Solving Water Scarcity for All: Collaboration Makes Good Business Sense

by | March 25, 2015
Categories: America's Water, News

Columbia Water Center Director Upmanu Lall and Heiner Markhoff op-ed in Breaking Energy write about the “choices we have to make together” to solve our water problems in America. See the full article here.

America’s Water: Webinar Series

by | March 20, 2015
Category: America's Water

Join us for an illuminating series of discussions about the water in America. The Columbia Water Center’s “State of America’s Water: Present and Future” webinar series will both promote literacy on America’s water and engage public and private sector decision makers in the financial community to better understand the dimensions of water issues. Co-sponsored by CUAHSI. […]

America’s Water: Partnering Science with Industry to Find a Way Forward

by | March 20, 2015
Category: America's Water

On March 12th, more than 90 experts from industry, academia, environmental state agencies and the non-profit world met at Columbia University for the first annual “America’s Water” event, organized by the Columbia Water Center and sponsored by the PepsiCo Foundation, to explore America’s water challenges and develop a future plan for collaboration. Watch video of […]

Business, Disaster Risk and Supply Chains: March 16th Conference

by | March 13, 2015
Category: News

Columbia Water Center’s Masahiko Haraguchi will be presenting at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction next week in Japan. Find out about businesses can adapt and make supply-chains more resilient to climate and water risks. For more information or RSVP, click here.

America’s Water: Partnering Science with Industry to Find a Way Forward: Webinar

by | March 6, 2015
Category: America's Water

When: Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Join us online for the live stream of our upcoming America’s Water Event! The America’s Water Initiative is a program that aims to build a network of academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry to develop a research agenda that will inform water […]

Circle of Blue: Reporting on the Precarious State of America’s Water

by | February 27, 2015
Categories: America's Water, News

Columbia Water Center America’s Water partner Circle of Blue has published a number of in-depth articles on water recently. Check out the stories below for some of the best in water journalism: Choke Point: Index finds fresh water in American farm regions, just as in other major food-producing nations, is in precarious condition. Central Texas […]

CIPT Sandesh Issue 4

by | February 27, 2015
Category: india

Columbia Water Center partners CIPT have released their fourth newsletter, highlighting innovative approaches and options for saving water in agriculture in India. Subjects include water efficiency, crop choices and policy reform, in Gujarat and Punjab. Read the full newsletter here.

CWC Webinar Series: “State of America’s Water, Present and Future”

by | February 20, 2015
Categories: America's Water, News

The Columbia Water Center’s “State of America’s Water: Present and Future” webinar series will both promote literacy on America’s water and engage public and private sector decision makers in the financial community to better understand the dimensions of water issues. Co-sponsored by CUAHSI. This presentation will be by Dr. Upmanu Lall of the Columbia Water Center. […]

CWC Webinar Series: America’s Water, Present and Future

by | February 3, 2015
Categories: America's Water, News

The Columbia Water Center’s “State of America’s Water: Present and Future” webinar series will both promote literacy on America’s water and engage public and private sector decision makers in the financial community to better understand the dimensions of water issues. Co-sponsored by CUAHSI. The first presentation will be by Dr. Vincent Tidwell of Sandia National […]

Columbia Water Center Receives a 3-year Grant from Norges Bank to Study Water Risk in the Mining Industry

by | January 8, 2015

NEW YORK, January 8, 2015 The Columbia Water Center, a center of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, announced today that it has received a 3-year grant from Norges Bank to develop a modeling platform to quantitatively assess mining-related water and environmental risks and their financial implications. For the initial phase of the project, the […]

CIPT Sandesh Newsletter – September 2014

by | December 2, 2014
Category: india

Columbia Water Center India partner the Centers for International Projects Trust (CIPT) has published its third newsletter about its initiatives to promote sustainable water use in India. Articles included an essay by CWC director Upmanu Lall and New York City College Assistant Professor  Naresh Devineni “India’s Water: A reflection of a nation’s soul?” outlining the […]

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

by | November 11, 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 […]

Columbia Water Center Researchers to Present at AGU Annual Fall Conference

by | October 28, 2014
Category: News

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. CWC researchers will present on diverse water topics including the impacts of dam restoration, the likelihood of groundwater depletion in the United States, flood hazard […]

Water Supply Actually Exceeds Demand

by | September 19, 2014
Category: News

CWC Director Upmanu Lall recently discussed the world’s water crisis on CCTV News. In the interview, Professor Lall argues that the world actually has enough supply to meet demand, if we can learn to use water more intelligently and efficiently. Currently, Lall says, the efficiency of the biggest water use sectors, agriculture and energy, is […]

Professor Lall Interviewed in India Water Review

by | September 9, 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 […]

Columbia Water Center Director Upmanu Lall Addresses Water Challenges in India

by | September 9, 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 […]

New report from PepsiCo Highlights Water Stewardship

by | September 3, 2014
Categories: News, Uncategorized

A new report from the PepsiCo Foundation, released for World Water Week, highlights the  water stewardship with diverse partners, including the Columbia Water Center. The Foundation “seeks to develop partnerships that offer sustainable, game-changing solutions,” to water problems. The report highlights CWC’s unique, holistic approach to helping communities manage share water resources through a combination […]

How can Punjab adapt to a changing climate?

by | August 29, 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 […]

New Newsletter from CIPT

by | August 14, 2014
Category: News

Columbia Water Center India partner CIPT has released a new newsletter, CIPT Sandesh. The newsletter describes CIPT projects, including the creation of a decision support system for agriculture and the team’s development of an Android App to help farmers conserve fertilizer. Read about CIPT news here.

Columbia Water Center Aquanauts Research Featured in Circle of Blue Series

by | August 5, 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 […]

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

by | June 24, 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:

Columbia Water Center’s Ethiopia Project Featured in Nature News

by | June 20, 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 […]

Centers for International Projects Trust March 2014 Newsletter

by | May 13, 2014
Category: News

Our India office, CIPT, released their first official newsletter in March. Click on the link below to read about project updates and the work that is being done there. CIPT Sandesh Newsletter

NASA’s NIP Grant awarded to Pierre Gentine

by | May 12, 2014

Pierre Gentine, assistant professor of earth and environmental engineering, was awarded a three-year $258,011 grant from NASA’s New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science for his research project- “A Unified Parameterization of Dry and Moist Convection”- to study turbulence in the earth’s atmosphere and develop new models that can predict climate more effectively. Twenty-one proposals were funded […]

2014 Henry Darcy Medal Awarded to Upmanu Lall

by | May 12, 2014
Category: News

Upmanu Lall was presented with the 2014 Henry Darcy Medal at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria on May 1, 2014. After the award presentation he gave a talk titled ‘Does hydrology have a soul?’. The EGU Awards & Medals Program recognizes eminent scientists for their outstanding research contribution in the Earth, planetary and […]

EGU General Assembly 2014

by | May 12, 2014
Category: News

Upmanu Lall traveled to Vienna, Austria to participate in the European Geosciences Union General Assembly which took place from April 27th to May 2nd. Click on the below links to read through each of the 6 abstracts he presented- Decadal variability in Floods and Extreme Rainfall Flood durations and their response to ENSO at the […]

U.S. EPA Briefing List on Drinking Water Contaminants

by | April 8, 2014
Category: America's Water

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews existing regulations every six years to identify any unregulated contaminants that may warrant regulation.  The third contaminant candidate list (CCL3) is then updated every five years. Each listed contaminant is then assessed as to whether it meets the criteria for regulation under the Safe drinking Water Act (SDWA), […]

Joint Columbia Water Center and USWP Webinar: ‘Making the Grade: How to Fix America’s Failing Water Infrastructure’

by | April 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
Category: News

On March 21, 2014, the U.S. Water Partnership and the Columbia Water Center at Columbia University’s Earth Institute co-sponsored a webinar to discuss the state of the water infrastructure in the U.S. and how leading organizations are coming together to develop solutions to this pressing challenge. The session was moderated by Mr. Dan Bena, Senior […]

CWC’s America’s Water Initiative

by | March 27, 2014

Most Americans live with the expectation that fresh water is readily available and will continue to flow freely from their faucets. The reality is that environmental degradation, an aging water infrastructure, water scarcity, job instability, and the ability to provide food for a growing population are becoming more prevalent issues that in the next five […]

Google Hangout on the Water-Energy Nexus

by | March 20, 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 […]

Assessment of trends in groundwater levels across the United States

by | March 17, 2014
Category: News

The Columbia Water Center Releases White Paper on Groundwater for World Water Day—Finds Groundwater Declines in United States More Widespread than Commonly Thought.  Upcoming webinar ‘Making the Grade: How to Fix America’s Failing Water Infrastructure’ on March 21st from 2:30pm EDT – 4pm EDT Register New York – March 18, 2014 -The Columbia Water Center, part of […]

“A Stronger, More Resilient New York”

by | March 11, 2014
Category: News

Soojun Kim, research scientist, and Masa Haraguchi, graduate student, presented their research to senior officials at the Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Office of the Mayor recently. Their presentation was based on a report titled, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” which was released in June 2013, that discusses a plan and recommendations both for rebuilding […]

Tribune India News “Direct Seeding Rice” in Chandigarh

by | March 11, 2014
Category: News

Chandigarh, India Tribune news article on CWC’s work on Direct Seeding Rice without standing water and how the technique has saved over 30% of the water used and exceeded yields by conventional methods!

America’s Water: Renewing Our Aging Infrastructure

by | November 25, 2013
Category: America's Water

The Earth Institute presents the first in the 2013-2014 Sustainable Development Seminar Series America’s Water: Renewing Our Aging Infrastructure On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, the first session in the 2013-2014 Sustainable Development Seminar Series offered diverse perspectives and discussion on the needs and implementation challenges necessary for new sustainable infrastructure on a global level. Open […]

See Professor Lall’s interview on RT News regarding U.S. inter-state water disputes

by | October 24, 2013
Category: News


Upmanu Lall, to receive the 2014 Henry Darcy Medal of the European Geosciences Union

by | October 24, 2013
Category: News

The EGU Awards & Medals Programme recognizes eminent scientists for their outstanding research contribution in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The award will be given next spring at the General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.

AGU 2013 Fall Meeting Abstracts

by | October 21, 2013
Category: News

Columbia Water Center Research Scientists to Present at the AGU Fall Meeting 2013 | San Francisco | December 9-13 The American Geophysical Union fall conference will be taking place in San Francisco California from December 9th – 13th, 2013.  Several research scientists from the Columbia Water Center will be attending and presenting their work.  Some […]

America’s Water: An exploratory analysis of Municipal Water Survey Data

by | October 16, 2013

A new Columbia Water Center white paper authored by Bianca Rahill-Marier and Upmanu Lall analyzes utility rates in the United States. With the support of Veolia Water and Growing Blue, the study found U.S. water utilities are caught in a recurring cycle of debt and rate increases. For the full report see: America’s Water: An […]

Aquanaut Summer Interns Dive Deeper into Research

by | September 10, 2013
Category: water-matters

This summer, the Columbia Water Center Aquanaut Interns addressed a variety of water-related questions affecting the United States with funding and guidance provided by Veolia Foundation, Veolia Water, and members of Growing Blue. Nelson Dove, Christine Wen, Mary Williams, Christopher Economides and Daniel Shi were selected to expand the repertoire of data-driven tools the Columbia […]

Hydrologic Modeler Position Open

by | August 9, 2013
Category: News

The successful candidate will work on our Global Flood Initiative linking climate and flood models at short and long lead times. This is an effort to build a global capacity to forecast future water risks for sustainable agriculture and water management. These require both strong technical/engineering skills and analytical capabilities for socio-political and cultural analyses. […]

Shedding light on how easily the consumer market at the global scale is affected from the damage of disasters

by | August 1, 2013
Category: News

Masahiko Haraguchi, a Ph.D. student in Earth and Environmental Engineering, presented a poster titled ‘Disaster Risks and Impacts on Supply Chains: Vulnerability Assessment of Supply Chains and Future Research Questions for the Resilient Supply Chains – Case Study of 2011 Thai Floods’ at the Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference 2013 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. […]

“What is the value of water?”

by | August 1, 2013
Category: News

  “How much does a barrel of oil cost – order of magnitude, $10, $50? How much does a barrel of water cost?” –Upmanu Lall Most of the water on the planet is used for agriculture, followed by energy production.  The relationship between water, food and energy, called the water-food-energy nexus, is where (1) groundwater […]

America’s Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability

by | June 10, 2013
Category: News

A new report issued by the Columbia University Water Center, in conjunction with Veolia Water and Growing Blue, raises an additional concern to add to future projections of water scarcity. The study clearly shows that decision-makers need to be thinking beyond the problems of water scarcity, to the way drought will affect regions that are […]

The Columbia University Aquanauts hosted “Make Your WaterMark: The Water Crisis and Campus Activism”!

by | April 23, 2013
Category: News

The Columbia University Aquanauts hosted their first major event Make Your WaterMark: The Water Crisis and Campus Activism on April 5th. They convened student speakers, a film producer and water industry experts to provide students with a well-rounded vision of water challenges and how students can get involved. Juxtaposing student personal narratives and expert professional opinions, the […]

Study Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition

by | April 18, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

CWC Researcher and Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Pierre Gentine, was part of a team that developed the first method to use weather stations to map global evaporation.  Researchers from Boston University and Columbia Engineering published a study entitled “Emergent relation between surface vapor conductance and relative humidity profiles yields evaporation rates from […]

The CWC makes Goodnet’s List of 7 Water Organizations to Know!

by | April 15, 2013
Category: News

On a recent list called 7 Water Organizations You Should Know published by Goodnet, the Columbia Water Center came in #4!  Check out the article and learn more about all these great organizations here!

Two New Published Journal Papers

by | April 15, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

Two new papers have been published recently been published.  They can be seen below! The first by N. Devineni, U. Lall, N. Pederson, and E. Cook is in the Journal of Climate Reconstructions and is entitled A Tree Ring based Reconstruction of Delaware River Basin Streamflow using Hierarchical Bayesian Regression. The other is in Water […]

New White Paper!

by | April 11, 2013
Category: News
pepsico white paper pic

A new white paper entitled, “Toward Hedging Climate Risk in Corporate Value Chains” has been released.  This paper discusses the coordinated effort between PepsiCo and the CWC in India.  To learn more about the work being done, including assessing potential water risks in an effort to improve risk hedging mechanisms in value chains, read it […]

Inteview with Mengqian Lu

by | April 8, 2013
Category: News

During the State of the Planet conference on March 28th, CNC World interviewed Graduate Student Mengqian Lu. Watch the Video here!

Upmanu Lall’s Huffington Post blog on America’s Water

by | March 27, 2013
Categories: News, Uncategorized

Leading up to the Columbia Water Center’s event this week, America’s Water in a Global Context, Columbia Water Center’s director, Upmanu Lall, recently published a blog post on the state of America’s Water for the Huffington Post.

Upmanu Lall Presents at Water 2.0

by | March 13, 2013
Category: News

On February 26th, Upmanu Lall, director of the Columbia Water Center, made a presentation at Water 2.0 entitled “Managing Water Systems to Address Climate Risk” and “America’s Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability”. Topics he discussed included what is necessary to best adapt to a changing environment, how to use seasonal to interannual forecasts, […]

Researching Climate Related Disasters and Flood Mitigation in Assam

by | February 27, 2013
Category: News

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and Columbia University/Earth Institute have agreed to conduct two research projects in India’s northeastern state of Assam. Prof. Jeffrey Sachs initiated the engagement on his visit to Assam last year, followed by the signing of a MoU between ASDMA and the Earth Institute in June 2012, during the visit […]

Quench: A Smart Water Dispensing System

by | February 12, 2013 | 1 Comment
Category: News

The Quench System with partners Professor Vijay Modi, the Earth Institute at Columbia, and the Modi Research Group works to provide a low cost, equitable water management solution.  Recently featured in Business Daily, Quench aims to address the Millennium Development goal of halving the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by […]

Team from Columbia University Tours Angara

by | February 5, 2013
Category: News
Article in Hindustan on 30Jan2013

The article “Team from Columbia University Tours Angara” published in the Hindustan (Ranchi) on January 30th, highlights the CWC’s efforts in the area as the team surveyed various districts visiting infant centers, schools, and health centers.  The goal was to examine the possibility of using solar energy for providing light and water for drinking and […]

Postdoctoral Research Scientist Position at the Columbia Water Center at Columbia University

by | January 30, 2013
Category: News

We seek a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to work on programs conducted by the Columbia Water Center at Columbia University in close collaboration with the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering and The Earth Institute at Columbia University. The Columbia Water Center has a focus on addressing global water scarcity and climate risk through interdisciplinary approaches […]

Columbia Water Center to Survey Water in Abandoned Mines

by | January 24, 2013
Category: News

On January 22, 2013 Ashutosh Singh’s article “Columbia Water Center will Survey Mines” was published in the Hindustan Times (Ranchi).  The article highlights the region’s efforts to ensure that water found in the state’s abandoned mines can be utilized for drinking and irrigation.  In the state of Jharkhand there are a total of 79 abandoned […]

Featured Scientist: Naresh Devineni

by | January 10, 2013 | 1 Comment
Category: Uncategorized

Naresh Devineni is an Associate Research Scientist at the Columbia Water Center, The Earth Institute and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. In this interview, Naresh is going to elaborate on his research topics in Hydro-climatic Data Analysis and Modeling, Water Resources Management and Risk […]

Three New White Papers from Columbia Water Center

by | December 20, 2012
Category: News

Three recent white papers from Columbia Water Center are now available for download at the Publications section of our website: Towards Greater Accountability and Efficiency in Groundwater and Energy Use in Indian Agriculture Initial Report from a Field Pilot in Gujarat, India Improving Livelihoods by Improving Water Access for Small-Scale Agriculture: Two Case Studies of […]

Columbia Water Center Scientists at the AGU Fall Meeting 2012

by | December 17, 2012
Category: News

As usual, at this year’s American Geophysical Union fall conference, that happened in San Francisco from December 3th to the 7th, Columbia Water Center researchers have presented a plethora of original research. Themes this year include research on extreme global floods, impact of climate variability on hydrological regimes and machine learning in understanding and prediction […]

The Columbia Water Center and PepsiCo: World Water Week in Stockholm

by | August 30, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

On Monday, August 27th, Upmanu Lall presented the Columbia Water Center’s PepsiCo work at World Water Week in Stockholm. Lall’s talk was titled ‘Sensible Water and Fertilizer Use on the Farm with Broad Impacts on Energy and Water Sustainability’ where he discussed the issues surrounding irrigation, fertilizers and pesticides, and the current application strategies that […]

Lall quoted in a Southeast Asia Globe article

by | August 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Upmanu Lall was quoted in a Southeast Asia Globe article titled, ‘The flood controller’ that was published on Sunday, August 5, 2012. After the devastating flood in Thailand last year, the Thai government has allocated $12 billion to mitigation efforts. Short-term solutions for 2012 focus on improved water diversion through major industrial estates, whereas longer-term […]

Lall and Robertson interviewed by E&E reporter

by | August 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Upmanu Lall and Andrew Robertson, research scientist at IRI, were interviewed for a ClimateWire article titled, ‘India’s drought punishes farmers, highlights challenges to climate change adaptation’ that was published on Friday, August 3, 2012. Robertson and Lall explained that India is a “hot spot” for water stress, and with climate change we may see rainfall […]

A New Film Produced by UGVCL Discusses the CWC’s Pilot Project in Gujarat, India

by | June 29, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

A new 6-minute film produced by the utility distribution company, North Gujarat Electricity Distribution Company (UGVCL), discusses the history and impacts of the Columbia Water Center’s pilot project in Gujarat, India.  In the state of Gujarat, activity from agriculture depends on water and electricity and its balanced use. Over the past 15-20 years, water quantity […]

Bringing drinking water to rural communities in Milhã, Brazil – Municipal Water Plan available for download

by | June 26, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

A Columbia Water Center and Federal University of Ceará team worked together to address the household water challenge of rural Ceará under a grant from the PepsiCo Foundation. The team created a Municipal Water Plan for the municipality of Milhã in the state of Ceará, Brazil — a tool to be used for building drinking water infrastructure in the rural […]

Columbia Water Center Scientists Speaking at Rio+20 with Partner PepsiCo Foundation

by | June 18, 2012
Categories: News, Uncategorized

Two Columbia Water Center (CWC) scientists are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Rio+20 conference proceedings- Shama Perveen, Associate Research Scientist at CWC, and Assis de Souza Filho, Professor at the Federal University of Ceará and Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University. Both scientists work on our PepsiCo Foundation funded projects to improve […]

How Are Water Risks Affecting Indian Corporations And How Are They Dealing With Them? A New CWC Study

by | June 14, 2012
Categories: News, Uncategorized

In partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Shama Perveen and Mayuri Ghosh surveyed Indian companies from 27 industrial sectors about water risks for their businesses and how they may be responding to them. This report includes findings from the survey and recommendations for moving forward. The full report is available […]

Veolia Environnement’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2012

by | May 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Veolia Environnement is offering fellowships to postdoctoral scientists who propose to work on highly innovative research projects that challenge the traditional approach and enable changes toward more sustainability and resiliency   Application deadline ? June 15, 2012 Announcement of Awards ? June 31, 2012   Statement of program goals ? With rapid demographic growth, finite […]

CWC’s Gujarat Project Profiled in National Geographic

by | April 17, 2012
Categories: News, Uncategorized

The Columbia Water Center’s Gujarat project was profiled extensively in a recent National Geographic article, “Growing Food Demand Strains Energy, Water Supplies,” part of the magazine’s series, “The Great Energy Challenge.” The piece describes North Gujarat as an extreme example of an unsustainable cycle of dropping water tables and growing energy use to feed populations […]

A New Green Revolution? CWC Director Upmanu Lall in the Huffington Post

by | March 22, 2012
Categories: News, Uncategorized

Columbia Water Center Director Upmanu Lall thinks it’s time for a new Green Revolution — with the US leading the way.  In this piece for the Huffington Post, Professor Lall argues that the water and food security challenges the world faces are eminently solvable. With relatively abundant water resources, high food production and clear leadership […]

Upmanu Lall and CWC in Development Asia – Article

by | March 21, 2012
Category: News

In the article “Murky Water”, Upmanu Lall is quoted about water pollution and potential resulting impacts to ecosystems around the world as well as to biodiversity and health.  The Columbia Water Center’s work to develop strategies to combat the pollution in water from agriculture runoff is also highlighted. The article can be found here.

“Deeper than Water” — New Video About the Columbia Water Center’s Work

by | March 21, 2012 | 2 Comments
Categories: News, Uncategorized

As population grows and demand for food and products increase, so does our demand for water. But in the face of growing pressure on our water resources from depletion, pollution and climate change, we need to make more of what we have. In this new video, director Gabe Askew evokes the preciousness of water through […]

The Story of Water in India–Infographic

by | March 21, 2012 | 2 Comments
Categories: News, Uncategorized
Infographic: The Story of Water in India

“The Story of Water in India” outlines the food/water/energy crisis in India, and presents different solutions the Columbia Water Center is pursuing in the country. For more information about the Columbia Water Center’s work in India, check out our India project pages. Click image below to view larger version. A printable, high resolution version is […]

The Story of Water in Ceará — Infographic

by | March 20, 2012
Categories: News, Uncategorized
Infographic: The Story of Water in Ceará, Brazil

“The Story of Water in Ceará” illustrates the severe water challenges in this semi-arid state of Brazil, and talks about the suite of solutions the Columbia Water Center is pursuing there. For more information about the Columbia Water Center’s work in Ceará, check out our Brazil project page. Click image below to view larger version. […]

Columbia Water Center Released New Whitepaper: “Restoring Groundwater in Punjab, India’s Breadbasket”

by | March 7, 2012
Categories: News, Uncategorized

The Columbia Water Center has released a new whitepaper outlining the groundwater crisis in Punjab, India, as well as potential solutions. For Indians, the very mention of the word “Punjab” conjures up visions of lush green fields, rich alluvial soils and water aplenty. Punjab has for years been the breadbasket of India, and since the […]

Project Update: “100 Percent Improvement” in Ingá and Pedra Fina!

by | February 8, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

For the past four years, the Columbia Water Center Ceará, infrastructure project has been developing a new methodology to design and implement water infrastructure for rural residents in the drought-stricken state of Ceará, Brazil. In the summer of 2010, CWC completed two pilot projects based on this methodology, providing the 1200 residents Ingá and Pedra Fina with household water for the first time.

Featured Scientist: Pierre Gentine

by | February 8, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Pierre Gentine, Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering

Pierre’s groundbreaking research on the way soil moisture interacts with the atmosphere has implications for many of CWCs initiatives—from developing more efficient irrigation systems, to water resource management, to understanding floods.

Editorial “Time for action to revolutionize water agenda” by Columbia Water Center director Upmanu Lall with Usha Rao-Monari and Sanjay Bhatnagar published

by | January 26, 2012
Categories: News, Uncategorized

The Indian business newspaper Mint recently published an editorial “Time for action to revolutionize water agenda” by Columbia Water Center director Upmanu Lall with Usha Rao-Monari and Sanjay Bhatnagar. The piece outlines the dimensions of India’s water crisis along with proposed solutions.

Columbia Water Center releases two new reports on solutions to India’s water crisis

by | December 20, 2011
Categories: News, Uncategorized

The Columbia Water Center has released two new reports addressing the groundwater crisis in India. The first, Climate Variability and Water Stress in India: How Much Storage is Needed and Where? introduces a new water stress index that directly informs water storage requirements to meet project water supply-demand imbalances across the nation. Shifting Crops, Saving […]

Interview with CWC Director Upmanu Lall

by | December 19, 2011
Category: News
Source: The Atlantic

The Atlantic has just posted an in-depth interview with CWC director Upmanu Lall. In piece, Manu discusses the importance of climate forecasting, how small-scale water purifcation will change the world and why Leonardo Da Vinci should be in the hydrology hall of fame.  

“Stone-Washed Blue Jeans (Minus the Washed)” — Upmanu Lall quoted in the New York Times

by | November 1, 2011
Category: News

Upmanu Lall discusses the growing awareness of corporate water risks. View the article. (PDF)

Jeff Sachs and Upmanu Lall featured in MSNBC Photo Blog

by | October 28, 2011
Category: News

Upmanu Lall and Earth Institute director Jeff Sachs were featured in the MSNBC PhotoBlog ‘Managing a growing world population with a shrinking water supply’. View it here. (PDF)

Upmanu Lall in Live Science’s report on the Earth Institute Conference

by | October 20, 2011
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A report in Live Science web site on the Earth Institute Conference ‘The World at 7 Billion’, titled 5 Ways the World Will Change Radically This Century, includes remarks by Upmanu Lall on the future of water resource management as population grows. Read the article. (PDF)

“Chandola lake turns into dust bowl” — CWC cited in Down to Earth

by | October 7, 2011
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The article about groundwater depletion in Gujarat, India. Cites CWC Gujarat White Paper. View the article. (PDF)

Droughtbusters — CWC in TIME Magazine

by | October 3, 2011
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CWC India Projects are featured in TIME Magazine’s article “Droughtbusters: The world is thirsty. Five ways we can keep from going dry”. View the article. (PDF)

“Columbia University engages Global Water Crisis” — Seametrics Blog

by | August 30, 2011
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Seametrics Blog highlights the Columbia Water Center’s international Projects. View the blog. (PDF)

Upmanu Lall at World Water Week, Stockholm

by | August 24, 2011
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PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy Announce Initial Findings of Positive Water Impact Pilot.  Included on the PepsiCo Performance Notes Blog is a report on PepsiCo/ Nature Conservancy Positive Water Impact report at World Water Week, Stockholm, led by Upmanu Lall. View it here.

Report on the International Conference for CWC’s PepsiCo Foundation partnership projects

by | August 2, 2011
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‘Water Scarcity: A Shared Problem with a world of Solutions” on Earth Institute Research News. View the article. (PDF)

“China Development and the Water Problem”: Upmanu Lall on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show

by | June 10, 2011
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Upmanu Lall was interviewed on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, for a segment called China Development and the Water Problem, which discussed the water issues arrising from urban development in China, and the plan to divert water from the Yangtzee River to the north of China. View it here.  Or just listen here.

“Major Step in Improving Forecasts of Weather Extremes Such as Floods and Droughts” — Pierre Gentine interviewed in Daily Science

by | June 6, 2011
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Pierre Gentine was interviewed for a Daily Science article (PDF), which talks about his paper published in Nature Geoscience, ‘Probability of afternoon precipitation in eastern United States and Mexico enhanced by high evaporation’. (PDF)

“Why Mississippi floods were expected” –Upmanu Lall interviewed

by | May 13, 2011
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Upmanu Lall interviewed in Nature about flood event prediction. Read the article. (PDF)

CWC in the Times of India

by | April 27, 2011
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Times of India article “Study belies govt claims on groundwater” is about the Gujarat White Paper. (PDF)

‘Columbia University’s eye-opening report on north Gujarat’ — in Desh Gujarat

by | April 17, 2011
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This article is about the Gujarat White Paper. View the article. (PDF)

Scientific American includes article about the CWC in Punjab

by | April 7, 2011
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Shama Perveen and Kapil Narula interviewed for “Arid Land, Thirsty Crops”, an article about CWC’s work in Punjab. Read the article. (PDF)

“A New Collaborative Effort” — CWC in World Resources Report

by | February 3, 2011
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PepsiCo Foundation’s Dan Bena wrote about the increased role of public/private partnerships in sustainable development work. It includes a discussion of CWC’s project to use climate forecasting to improve water allocation decision-making in Brazil. Read it here. (PDF)

“Making every drop count: water usage in the Developing World” — CWC partner Dr. Rajinder Sidhu interviewed

by | January 22, 2011
Categories: News, Uncategorized

The article in MediaGlobal: Voice of the Global South, discusses appropriate technologies to save water the developing world. It features an interview with CWC partner, Dr. Rajinder Sidhu of the Punjab Agricultural University talking about using tensiometer technology to help farmers save water in Punjab. View the article. (PDF)

“Especialista em alteraes do clima diz que planejamento evita tragdias” — features panel discussion including Upmanu Lall

by | January 19, 2011
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Article in Jornal Hoje features an interview with CWC director Upmanu Lall to talk about the recent catastrohpic floods in Brazil. (In Portuguese). Watch the video. (PDF)

“7 Billion and Counting: Can the Earth Handle It?” — Upmanu Lall in a panel on Talk of the Nation

by | January 6, 2011
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This features a panel discussion including CWC director Upmanu Lall to talk about the stress of population on global resources, including water. Listen here. (PDF)

National Geographic: Interview with Shama Perveen and report on CWC Research

by | December 31, 2010
Category: News

National Geographic’s article “Mining Groundwater in India Reaches New Lows” features interview with Shama Perveen as well as reporting on research by Perveen, Upmanau Lall and Naresh Devineni on the groundwater crisis in India. View the link. (PDF)

Earth Institute Profile of CWC director Upmanu Lall

by | December 31, 2010
Category: News

View it here. (PDF)

Report on Upmanu Lall’s Flood Prediction work in National Geographic

by | December 17, 2010
Category: News

National Geographic’s article “Climate Patterns to Help Predict the Next Big Flood?” features a report on CWC director Upmanu Lall’s recent work on using climate models to predict global flood patterns. View it here. (PDF)

Interview with CWC assistant director Dan Stellar in Water Wide Web

by | December 7, 2010
Category: News

Article “Incentives for Water Conservation in Gujarat” features an interview with Dan Stellar.  He discusses the water center’s work in the Indian State of Gujarat. Read the article. (PDF)

A profile of Upmanu Lall in Columbia Engineering

by | November 7, 2010
Category: News

Piece talks about his article in SIPA’s Journal of International Affairs. View the link.

Upmanu Lall interviewed in Outdoor America

by | October 17, 2010
Category: News

Outdoor America’s article “Turning up the water Pressure” talks about the global water crisis.  CWC director Upmanu Lall was interviewed for the piece. View the article. (PDF)

Upmanu Lall named one of Columbia’s Principal Investigators

by | September 4, 2010
Category: News

Global Impact’s article “Columbia University Named as Lead Institution on Climate Risk and Adaptation Assessment in the Urban Northeast.” names the Water Center’s Upmanu Lall as one the three principal investigators. View the article. (PDF)

Upmanu Lall’s interview featured in The Circle of Blue – Water News

by | June 5, 2010
Category: News

An interveiw with CWC Director Upmanu Lall is featured in The Circle of Blue – Water News. The interview, Upmanu Lall Gives Insight to Indias Nexus of Energy, Food and Water, was recorded during the World Economic Forums Global Agenda Council and originally broadcast by radio. View the article. (PDF)

Two CWC article featured by

by | May 30, 2010
Category: News

Two articles about CWC’s work in India were featured by 1) ‘U.S., India Working Together to Address Indias Water Needs: Columbia Water Center partnerships focus on agricultural innovations’ (PDF). 2) ‘Columbia Water Center at Work Across the Globe: Water partnerships under way in Brazil, Mali, Ethiopia and India’ (PDF).

CWC’s Carlos Lima addresses water challenges in Brazil

by | March 31, 2010
Category: News

View on Columbia University’s Engineering website.

World Water Day India activities reported on in Indian press

by | March 10, 2010
Category: News

Read the two articles below: 1) Times of India article (PDF) 2) Bharat Sandesh article (PDF)

Tobias Siegfried interviewed by

by | January 29, 2010
Category: News

Tobias Siegfried, CWC Researcher, interviewed by on his career as a scientist. Watch the video

Upmanu Lall Interviewed by CleanSkies

by | January 21, 2010
Category: News

Upmanu Lall Interviewed by CleanSkies on IPCC error on melting glaciers in the Himalayas. Watch the video

Upmanu Lall interviewed by EarthSky

by | July 13, 2009
Category: News

Upmanu Lall Interviewed by EarthSky on climate models to help restore the Everglades.  There is a 90 second interview and another that is 8 minutes. View the videos here.