ThinkWater recently announced the selection of 10 leaders in water education, outreach, and extension to be ThinkWater Fellows for 2017-18. Dr. Grant Weinkam, Research Analyst, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, was among the list of new fellows selected from the many outstanding applications from candidates across the country. As a member of the new ThinkWater fellowship Weinkam will interact with others engaged with water-related issues and learn a proven method for teaching the universal rules underlying systems thinking suitable for all ages and populations. Drs.
May 2 Brown Bag: Modeling Water Scarcity and Droughts to Analyze Climate Change Adaptation Policies in the Jucar Basin, Spain
Brown Bag speaker Prof. Ariel Dinar (University of Calif., Riverside) will present, "Modeling Water Scarcity and Droughts to Analyze Climate Change Adaptation Policies in the Jucar Basin, Spain" from 12 - 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2. Prof. Dinar's presentation is co-sponsored by the UA Water Sustainability Program, Institute of the Environment, and the Renewable Energy Network, and will be held in the WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave). This presentation will also be webcast live via GoToMeeting (details here: http://wrrc.arizona.edu/node/12791).
Growing water extractions for agriculture and urban uses combined with emerging environmental demands increase water resources competition worldwide, especially in arid and semiarid regions. Climate change would exacerbate water scarcity and the recurrence and intensity of droughts, calling for methodologies that can support sustainable water management policies. Prof. Ariel Dinar will present his paper on an integrated hydro-economic model that links a reduced form hydrological component, with economic and environmental components. The model is used to analyze alternative drought management policies in the Jucar Basin (Spain). Results indicate that droughts have large welfare impacts, with the main adjustments sustained by irrigation activities and the environment. Implementing water markets among private decision-makers is a suitable option to avoid economic losses from droughts. However, the environmental effects of water trading may weaken its advantages. The current water management approach in the Jucar Basin is based on negotiated arrangements and stakeholders’ cooperation, achieving a balance between economic and environmental objectives. Water markets can be used to allocate water into the environment in the absence of minimum binding inflows to ecosystems. Comparing these policy approaches illustrates the potential of hydro-economic modeling for integrating the multiple dimensions of water resources, in order to advance sustainable water management policies.
Ariel Dinar is a Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy and Director of the Water Science and Policy Center at the University of California, Riverside. He teaches and conducts research on issues related to water, climate change economics, regional cooperation and international water management.
The deadline is approaching to apply for the WRRC summer internship—an internship designed for students interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. This year's topic is Arizona’s irrigated agriculture. It will look at the many issues of associate with agricultural water use, water rights, efficiency and conservation, and participation in solving water supply challenges.
ANNOUNCEMENT: TRAVEL SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY for UA FACULTY (provided by the International Arid Lands Consortium)
The March 28th Water Resources Research Center Annual Conference poster session provided a unique opportunity for UA students to showcase their research and interact with the diverse mix of conference participants. Among the posters presenters were two WRRC student research assistants, Erin Gray and Bailey Kennett. Although their research areas related to water are quite different, both found the opportunity a rewarding platform to engage with water sector professionals.
On March 28, 2017, approximately 325 people traveled to the University of Arizona Student Union for the WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective.
A new web map that illustrates the University of Arizona’s commitment to sustainability is now available thanks to a partnership among the UA Office of Sustainability; Planning, Design and Construction; and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Communications and Cyber Technologies division. The map pinpoints sites, such as rainwater harvesting installations, solar panels, and recycling opportunities, as well as projects and programs that promote sustainability on campus.