Seminar April 11: Water Sustainability and Climate Change

Jerry Schnoor

Jerry Schnoor

Ezra’s Round Table/Systems Seminar presents a member of the National Academy of Engineering Jerald L. Schnoor on the topic of Water Sustainability and Climate Change, Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:00 noon in 253 Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall.

Water is a vital renewable resource for society which is increasingly stressed by multiple demands for people and industry, and by water quality impairments. Changes in water supply and demands for water are driven by population growth and climate change. In this talk, we discuss the effect of climate change on water supplies including: groundwater depletion, water quality impairment, and water reuse while proposing a more holistic management approach to the entire water cycle. Mitigation and adaptation to climate change are grand challenges of the 21st century which must be addressed to make real progress on water sustainability.

Jerry Schnoor is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (elected in 1999) for his pioneering work using mathematical models in science policy decisions. He testified many times before Congress on environmental protection including the importance of passing the 1990 Clean Air Act. Since 2003, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief ofEnvironmental Science and Technology, a leading journal in environmental science and engineering. He chaired the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development from 2000-2004; and recently served on the EPA Science Advisory Board and the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council for NIEHS (2007-2011). In 2010, Schnoor received the Simon W. Freese Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for his research and international leadership on water sustainability. In 2013, he was honored as an Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and lectured throughout China. Jerry’s research interests include water quality modeling, sustainability, phytoremediation, and climate change.

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