Groundwater Depletion and Water Conflict with Jay Famiglietti

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To kick off 2019, long-requested guest, Jay Famiglietti, joins The Water Values Podcast to discuss groundwater depletion and water conflict.. Jay formerly worked as the Senior Water Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, and now holds the position of Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan. Diving deep into the issue groundwater depletion, Jay identifies the water conflict issues that water scarcity brings about.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • Jay’s background and how he got into the water sector
  • The University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security
  • The Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) and how it allows measurement of water availability
  • The hot spots where groundwater is depleting
  • The impact of groundwater depletion on food production & how that impacts water security
  • The importance of political boundaries in water planning
  • Water conflict & strategies to resolve water conflict
  • The big uncertainty in how climate change will impact water security
  • What’s missing from agreements/negotiations on river water use

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