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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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’
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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! http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140225/edit.htm#5
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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. […]
“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 […]
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”!
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
During the State of the Planet conference on March 28th, CNC World interviewed Graduate Student Mengqian Lu. Watch the Video here!
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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
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 […]
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
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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” 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” 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”
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 […]
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.
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
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.
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 […]
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.
Upmanu Lall discusses the growing awareness of corporate water risks. View the article. (PDF)
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)
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)
The article about groundwater depletion in Gujarat, India. Cites CWC Gujarat White Paper. View the article. (PDF)
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)
Seametrics Blog highlights the Columbia Water Center’s international Projects. View the blog. (PDF)
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.
‘Water Scarcity: A Shared Problem with a world of Solutions” on Earth Institute Research News. View the article. (PDF)
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
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)
Upmanu Lall interviewed in Nature about flood event prediction. Read the article. (PDF)
Times of India article “Study belies govt claims on groundwater” is about the Gujarat White Paper. (PDF)
This article is about the Gujarat White Paper. View the article. (PDF)
Shama Perveen and Kapil Narula interviewed for “Arid Land, Thirsty Crops”, an article about CWC’s work in Punjab. Read the article. (PDF)
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
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
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)
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’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)
View it here. (PDF)
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)
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)
Piece talks about his article in SIPA’s Journal of International Affairs. View the link.
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)
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)
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 articles about CWC’s work in India were featured by America.gov: 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).
View on Columbia University’s Engineering website.
Read the two articles below: 1) Times of India article (PDF) 2) Bharat Sandesh article (PDF)
Tobias Siegfried, CWC Researcher, interviewed by Idealist.org on his career as a scientist. Watch the video
Upmanu Lall Interviewed by CleanSkies on IPCC error on melting glaciers in the Himalayas. Watch the video
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.