Browsing Category: Climate Change

Climate Change, Environment, Water Quality, Water Scarcity

Observing the terrestrial water cycle from Space: Application for a large river basin

Across the world, major river basins are the economic engine of communities. They are essential for agriculture, industry, transportation, power production, and water supply—but all of these depend on a community’s ability to predict the rivers’ flow. Forecasting the annual and seasonal variability of water resources is essential…

By Venkataraman Lakshmi-
Built Environment, Climate Change, Infrastructure, Water Policy

Balancing Conflicting Water Demands in Hanoi and the Surrounding Red River Delta

Around the world, freshwater resources sustain agricultural, industrial, and ecological systems. Meeting these multi-sectoral demands simultaneously requires tradeoffs. This is certainly true in the Red River Basin in East Asia, the second largest river basin in Vietnam, see Figure above of the Son La reservoir in Vietnam (photo Matteo…

By Julianne Quinn-
Climate Change, Environment, Innovation, Water & Society, Water Markets, Water Quality, Water Scarcity

Water Challenges and Opportunities in Europe and the World

Water Challenges and Opportunities in Europe and the World[1]The article below is the introduction to Europe Now’s December/January issue about water that Nicole Shea and I served as editor for. Europe Now is the online journal of European Studies Association at Columbia University. It features articles…

By Peter Debaere and Nicole Shea-
Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, Water & Society, Water Productivity, Water Scarcity

A Changing Climate Means Extreme Rainfall, But Not Necessarily More Water

Have you wondered whether recent flooding in Charlottesville or Japan has anything to do with climate change? I am not really wondering. I get a sinking feeling every time I hear about another instance of torrential rain with catastrophic effects. Instead of questioning whether climate change caused two drownings in…

By Deborah Lawrence-