Browsing Category: Environment

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-
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-
Built Environment, Environment, Infrastructure, Uncategorized, Water & Society, Water Policy

Green Infrastructure: Ecosystems in the City and the City as Ecosystem

What is Green Infrastructure and why is it all the rage?Green Infrastructure (GI) has emerged as a rapidly growing paradigm to improve the management of urban environments and quality of life. When impervious surfaces (streets, parking lots, sidewalks, buildings) replace vegetation, much more rain and snowmelt will run off…

By Larry Band-