Food, energy, and water systems, especially in drylands, are vulnerable to projected changes in climate – primarily changes in the timing and amount of precipitation and rising air temperatures. For the most part, we grow non-dryland adapted food within a dryland climate through a reliance on irrigation, and the water resource requirements are large and increasing. At the same time, renewable energy in drylands is vulnerable to the same warming trends that threaten food systems. The abundance of sunlight in the southwest US constitutes a significant solar energy resource.
Special Seminar - Diversification of South Africa’s Water Supplies Under Conditions of Drought
Shafick Adams, Water Research Commission, Pretoria, South Africa
Please note special time
Certain parts of South Africa are experiencing drought and the country’s traditional water supplies are under stress. There is a need to unlock more water resources and drive efficiency in the use of existing supplies to ensure water security. Under a changing climate, the main input into South Africa’s water resources, rainfall, becomes more variable in time and space, which means there is a need to adjust how water resources are managed and valued. Groundwater is one example of failure to use available resources to meet growing demands and increase local resilience to drought episodes. This talk will aim to give a broad overview of the challenges and opportunities that exist to diversify South Africa’s water supply mix at a variety of scales.
Agrivoltaics: co-locating agriculture and photovoltaics to increase food and energy production while decreasing water use
Upper Gila Watershed Forum
The annual Upper Gila Watershed Forum on January 11, 2019, in Thatcher, Arizona will feature daylong discussion, presentations, and activities focused on "Adapting to a Hotter and Drier Future."
WRRC Conference 2019 - Arizona Runs On Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions
How do Arizona communities ensure that they have sufficient water to meet their future needs? This is the critical question being addressed at the upcoming UA Water Resources Research Center annual conference