What does water security mean in the 21st century and how do we reconfigure water policy for a more sustainable future? Although drought and water scarcity have driven conflict throughout history, there are increasing efforts across the U.S. to bring a more collaborative and systems-based approach to water governance. This talk examines the current water policy landscape and the ways in which a clash of paradigms is playing out between the legacy systems of the past and the new paradigm solutions of the future.
Water Roots: Springs in our wildest places
Samantha Hammer, Sky Island Alliance
Ever wondered what springs in the wilderness look like—or how many are out there?
Samantha Hammer will take you on a tour of springs surveyed with help from dozens of intrepid citizen science volunteers who did some serious scrambling and orienteering to bring us this new information. You’ll also get a brief introduction to the techniques used to gather information through springs surveys, and how this is helping protect our wildest waters and guide restoration and conservation of these amazing oases in the Sky islands.
Sami Hammer, Conservation Biologist and GIS Specialist at Sky Island Alliance, has been training and leading volunteers to survey and monitor spring ecosystems for the past 3 years and has personally visited at least 100 springs in the Sky islands.
This is part of our Water Roots series with Sky Island Alliance. Learn more about the series online: https://www.skyislandalliance.org/water-roots-2018/
WRRC Brown Bag - Navigating Water Policy in Uncertain Times: New vs. Old Paradigms
New Techniques for Mapping planted versus fallowed croplands using MODIS data
An important metric to monitor for optimizing water use in agricultural areas is the amount of cropland left fallowed, or unplanted. Fallowed croplands are difficult to model because they have many expressions; for example, they can be managed and remain free of vegetation or be abandoned and become weedy if the climate for that season permits.