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Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist and Senior Water Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is also a professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine, where he was Founding Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling. Jay's research group uses satellites and develops computer models to track changing freshwater availability around the globe. Jay is a frequent speaker and an active science communicator. His team's research is often featured in the international news media, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, CNN/Fareed Zakaria GPS, Al Jazeera, National Public Radio, BBC Radio and others. Jay also appears in the water documentary called 'Last Call at the Oasis.'

4 Things You Need To Know About the California Drought

Oscar Winner Jessica Yu updates her 2012 water documentary Last Call at the Oasis and shares 4 outtakes on the California drought, groundwater depletion and novel ideas on saving water. As you have read here in Water Currents and all over the news, the California drought is by all accounts epic.  When the potential for…

How the West was Lost

Just as the settling and development of the arid American West was fueled by harnessing its available fresh water, the growing lack of water availability may well be its undoing. California’s epic drought is just the latest example of what is shaping up to be the new normal out west.  Last year was the driest…

Obama’s “This American Moment” Climate Change Speech: Real Science and Hope Trump a Moon Made of Cheese

President used UC Irvine’s excellence in global change research as launching pad for major climate change speech. Tells graduates “we need you” to help America lead the fight against global warming and “push back against the misinformation.” One of the true high points in the short history of the University of California, Irvine, and in…

Epic California Drought and Groundwater: Where Do We Go From Here?

Yesterday our team at the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling released a report on the California drought.  The report describes the birds-eye view of statewide water resources that we see from the NASA GRACE satellite mission. We’ve been working since the mid-1990’s, well before the mission was launched in 2002, to develop and test methods…

Chill Out on Ice Cubes to Save Water

Saving water is cool. No ice necessary.                   California 2013-2014 drought. It’s epic. The worst in the state’s recorded history. Everything you can think of is at a record low for this time of year: rainfall, snowpack, streamflow, reservoir storage…It’s so bad that Governor Jerry Brown has…

Dudes…Beard Up!

Guy’s, it’s that time of the year again. That’s right, it’s Oktobeardfest 2013! All during the month of October, the guys at our center, the UCCHM, are growing their beards to raise awareness of water issues, and to save a bit of water along the way. Let’s face it. Shaving is a pain.  So why…

Reflections on World Water Week 2013

Posted by Stephanie Castle  following World Water Week 2013.  This is the third in a series of three posts. The first, called Moving Towards True Collaboration, was posted by Kate Voss in Stockholm. The second, called Groundwater: The Elephant Underfoot, was posted by Sasha Richey following the meeting. World Water Week (WWW) 2013 brought together…

Groundwater: The Elephant Underfoot

Posted by Sasha Richey following World Water Week 2013. This is the second in a series of three posts. The first, called Moving Towards True Collaboration, was posted by Kate Voss in Stockholm. The Hidden Resource Groundwater is often called the “Hidden Resource.” Buried a few meters beneath Earth’s surface, or a few hundred depending…

Moving Towards True Collaboration: Synergizing Our Strengths

Posted from World Water Week in Stockholm by Kate Voss, September 5, 2013. This is the first in a series of three posts from World Water Week 2013. The second is called Groundwater: The Elephant Underfoot, by Sasha Richey. This year, the guiding theme of World Water Week is “Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships.” Throughout the…

Water Issues Ripple Through Obama Climate Change Speech

President Obama’s climate change speech on Tuesday from Georgetown University was full of references to climate change impacts on water availability, flooding, and drought.  He dealt head on with key issues of changing water cycle intensity, and in particular, with the increasing frequency of hydrologic extremes.  From the outset, the President invoked the Blue Marble…

Can We End the Global Water Crisis?

Last month I had an opportunity to give a TEDx talk on my home campus at UC Irvine.  Mine was called “Can We End the Global Water Crisis?”  I’d like to share my views on this topic with our Water Currents readers by posting several excerpts, more or less straight from the talk. “Can we…

Political Currents of Water Management: Challenges in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan

Posted by Kate Voss, UCCHM Water Policy Fellow. This is the fourth in a series of posts on our Water Diplomacy trip to Israel, Jordan, and Palestine inspired by our paper on ‘Groundwater Depletion in the Middle East.’ Other posts in the series: 1) Middle East Lost a Dead Sea Amount of Water in 7…

Desalinating Holy Waters with the Red Sea-Dead Sea Conveyance

  Posted from Tel Aviv by Sasha Richey, UCCHM Graduate Fellow. This is the third in a series of posts on our Water Diplomacy trip to Israel, Jordan and Palestine.  Other posts in the series: 1) Middle East Lost a Dead Sea Amount of Water in 7 Years, by Jay Famiglietti ; and 2) Parallel…

Parallel Worlds: Water Management in Israel and California

Posted from Jerusalem by Kate Voss, UCCHM Water Policy Fellow. This is the second in a series of posts on our Water Diplomacy trip to Israel, Jordan and Palestine.  Other posts in the series: 1) Middle East Lost a Dead Sea Amount of Water in 7 Years, by Jay Famiglietti ; and 3) Desalinating Holy…

The Middle East Lost a Dead Sea-Size Amount of Water in 7 Years

Posted from Amman, Jordan.  This is the first in a series of posts on our water diplomacy trip to Israel, Jordan and Palestine.  Other posts in the series: 2) Parallel Worlds:  Water Management in Israel and California, by UCCHM Policy Fellow Kate Voss; 3) Desalinating Holy Waters with the Red Sea – Dead Sea Conveyance,…