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America’s Water Event Coming Up! Register Now

by | January 29, 2016
Categories: America's Water, News
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    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 […]

New Research: “Demand Sensitive” Drought Index

by | January 26, 2016
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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

Columbia Water Center Researchers to Present at AGU Annual Fall Conference

by | December 7, 2015
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. 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 […]

Next America’s Water Webinar: Virtual Groundwater Transfers from Overexploited Aquifers in the United States

by | December 4, 2015
Category: America's Water

Irrigated agriculture in the Central Valley of California, High Plains of the Midwest and the Mississippi Embayment accounts for a significant portion of the domestic and international cereal supply, even as it contributes to the depletion of their aquifer systems. Join us on the next America’s Water Webinar as Megan Konar, assistant professor in the Department of […]

America’s Water Webinar Video: James Shortle

by | November 30, 2015

James Shortle: “Innovating Policy to Address Nutrient Pollution from Agriculture” Pollution runoff from America’s farms is one of our nation’s most serious water challenges. Join us for a discussion with James Shortle, noted agriculture and environmental economics professor at Penn State University on how we can innovate policy to address nutrient pollution from agriculture.

Next America’s Water Webinar Event: Paying the $1 trillion bill for America’s Decaying Water Infrastructure

by | November 23, 2015
Category: America's Water
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America’s once world-class water infrastructure is crumbling and will cost, by some estimates, upwards of $1 trillion to fix. How can municipalities and water utilities find the revenue and capital to make the investments we need to preserve access to this vital resource? Join us on the next America’s Water Webinar as Christine Boyle, Founder & […]

Next America’s Water Webinar Event: Innovating Policy to Address Nutrient Pollution From Agriculture

by | November 12, 2015
Category: America's Water
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Pollution runoff from America’s farms is one of our nation’s most serious water challenges. Join us for a discussion with James Shortle, noted agriculture and environmental economics professor at Penn State University on how we can innovate policy to address nutrient pollution from agriculture. Webinar Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 12pm EST To join the […]

Mining and Water Risk: Diagnosis, Benchmarking, and Quantitative Analysis of Financial Impacts

by | November 4, 2015

A Columbia Water Center Project Sponsored by Norges Bank Investment Management Blanchet, J., Bonnafous, L., Dolan, C., Fonseca, F., Iyengar, G., Lall, U., Maennling, N., Nielsen, D., Siegel, J., Thomashausen, S., Vempati, A. As populations, economies and global per capita consumption continue to grow, so does the need for raw materials. Mining activity—including both primary […]

New Study: Why Does El Niño Cause Floods in Some Places and Droughts in Others?

by | October 27, 2015
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A new study,”Resolving contrasting regional rainfall responses to El Niño over tropical Africa” by Columbia Water Center researchers and recently published in The Journal of Climate asks why El Niño causes drought in some parts of the tropics and excessive rain and flooding in others. The authors conclude that the answer has to do with the local timing of […]

New Columbia Water Center White Paper: Water Management and Climate Change — The Case for Newark and Philadelphia

by | October 23, 2015
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The Columbia Water Center released a new white paper yesterday, titled “Water Management and Climate Change — The Case for Newark and Philadelphia.” In the paper, the authors, Ipsita Kumar and Siquan Zhu, analyze vulnerability of Newark and Philadelphia’s water supplies to climate variability using historical precipitation and temperature data. The authors found that under the […]