The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is requesting proposals for the Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program, FY 2017 (104g) matching grants to support research on improving and enhancing the nation's water supply.
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.
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy Director Robert Varady participated in the Budapest Water Summit, which was held November 28-30, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. The Summit, with the theme of "Water Connects", had a significant focus on the policies required to achieve the water-related United Nations-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, Sustainable Development Goal Six calls for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
During 2017, the Water Resources Research Center will work tirelessly to bring trusted water information to Arizona stakeholders and to share Arizona's water story with others. We will connect water consumers with natural restoration actions through Conserve2Enhance. We will bring the world of water to K-12 students through Arizona Project WET. We will train students and instill a passion for Arizona's water sustainability. And through our Water RAPIDS program, we will engage and help Arizona communities as they face extremely difficult water resource decisions.
Copper King's Water Academy students wanted to engage 4th and 5th graders in learning water concepts. These 7th and 8th grade students learned how difficult it is to balance inquiry, exploration, and discovery with structure and discipline when teaching.
Kerry Schwartz has built water stewardship in Arizona through the development and delivery of STEM instruction as the Director of Arizona Project WET. Now, she has the opportunity to lead other experts in water education on an international level. This month, Kerry was invited to sit on the Board of Directors for the Project WET Foundation along with Thomas Atkins, Housing Program Director with the USDA, Richard R. Arnold II, Mission Specialist at NASA, and others.
This year the WRRC is trying something new by focusing its 104b grants program on student research projects. The program, authorized under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) and funded through the U.S. Geological Survey, provides small grants for research that explores new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expands understanding of water and related phenomena.