The future role of dams in the United States of America

by |February 17th, 2017

“The future role of dams in the United States of America” was recently published in Water Resources Research and stems from work by Michelle Ho, Upmanu Lall, Maura Allaire, and Indrani Pal at CWC along with collaborations at CUNY, Chonbuk National University, Bureau of Reclamation and Jacobs engineering. The paper is timely exploration of what… 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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Columbia Water Center Receives a new Grant from the World Bank

by |October 31st, 2016

The Columbia Water Center received a grant from the World Bank for a project titled, “Building Analytical Capacity for Rapid Financial Response to Floods.”  Developing economies face significant challenges in responding to disasters such as floods. The vulnerability and exposure to floods, especially to major flood events can be highly skewed by traditional development, and… read more

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America’s Water: Infrastructure in Peril – What to Do, How to Fix It, and How to Finance It

by |May 4th, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Location: Online via MaestroConference Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Earth Institute Events by sending email to . Moderator: David Brancaccio, American Public Media Marketplace; Speakers: National Experts and Journalists to be Announced The Earth Institute’s Columbia Water Center, Circle of… read more

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 Webinar–James P. Dobrowolski

by |February 19th, 2016

Columbia Water Center’s State of America’s Water: Present and Future Webinar Series Co-Sponsored by CUAHSI “Are USDA-NIFA National Water Priorities Meeting Their Mark?” March 1, 2016 at 12pm EST Dr. James P. Dobrowolski is a watershed scientist and National Program Leader for Water and Rangeland and Grassland Ecosystems Programs. Jim leads the agency in developing… read more

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

New Research: “Demand Sensitive” Drought Index

by |January 26th, 2016

Research from Columbia Water Center scientists and affiliated researchers has yielded a new “demand sensitive” drought index. Unlike the many existing indices, which are essentially supply-based, this index is the first to directly connect existing or projected water demand to the potential water deficit during a drought. Read more here