To commemorate 30 years of collaboration on arid lands issues, the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) is hosting a three-day international conference on arid lands. A key goal of the conference is to underscore the value of the IALC mission
Brown Bag Webinar: OpenET – Filling One of the Biggest Data Gaps in Water Management
Robyn Grimm, Senior Manager, Water Information Systems, Environmental Defense Fund - Western Water Program
Sustainable water management is one of the most challenging issues of our time, especially in the arid western US. Maximizing the benefits of water supplies requires careful measurement of availability and use. However, one important information gap is compounding this challenge: the lack of consistent consumptive water use data for irrigated agriculture, which accounts for the majority of water use in the western US. To date, access to this data has been limited and expensive, keeping it out of the hands of most water users and decision-makers who could benefit from its use. OpenET aims to change this and support sustainable water management and innovation in water conservation. This talk will provide an introduction to the OpenET platform and the approach taken to its development and will demonstrate a few of its applications.
Robyn Grimm serves as Senior Manager of Water Information Systems for Environmental Defense Fund's Western Water Program. She co-leads the OpenET project with partners from NASA, DRI, and HabitatSeven, and leads on the ground implementation with project partners, coordination among project teams, and development of key reports and publications. Robyn has over 10 years of experience working with large and diverse teams on water management and policy. She has expertise in multi-benefit decision support and analysis, and operations and systems research, including multi-objective optimization and trade-off analysis. Robyn has a PhD in Hydrologic Sciences and an MA in Physical Geography from University of California, Davis. She earned her BA in Economics and Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles.
The International Arid Lands Consortium Virtual Conference
Brown Bag Webinar: International Watersheds Coping with Climate Hazards; Twin-City...
Current climate scenario predictions identify the US-Mexico border as a "hot spot" of climate change, both in relation to increased rainfall intensity and increased temperatures. Twin city areas in the transboundary setting have long histories of management that rely on mutual dependency. Appropriate land use, watershed management, and flood-attenuation plans are critical, yet challenging, especially in cross-border urban areas. Collaboration is imperative for binational sustainable development.