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43rd Henry M. Shaw Lecture: Water Sustainability in a Changing World: Nov. 30

Nov. 30, 2012 — 12:15 p.m., 216 Mann Hall, NC State University campus, Raleigh. Get directions to Mann Hall here.

You're invited to attend the 43rd Henry M. Shaw Lecture, Water Sustainability in a Changing World, with guest speaker, Dr. Jerry Schnoor.

Water is a vital renewable resource for society which is increasingly stressed by multiple demands for water supply, agriculture, industry, recreation, and ecosystem needs. Changes in water supply and demands for water are driven by population growth, climate and land use change, and our energy choices (such as biofuels, oil sands, and shale gas). In this talk, we discuss the drivers affecting water sustainability and potential solutions including: adapting to a changing water world, direct and indirect potable water reuse, resilient water infrastructure, and more holistic management of the water cycle. Traditionally, management of the water cycle has been fragmented, for example, groundwater is treated separately from surface water, and standards for effluent discharge are often disconnected from quality required at downstream water intakes. Development of integrated research and management of water resources has been frequently stated as a goal, but knowledge gaps make this difficult to achieve. This paper describes research at Clear Creek watershed (270 km2), a tributary of the Iowa River in eastern Iowa, to create an environmental observing facility and intelligent digital watershed (IDW) for better water management and prediction. The Midwest Flood of 2008 and the U.S. Drought of 2012 provide key case studies for the development of water resource plans which provide for resilient infrastructure while mitigating and adapting to climate change.

For questions about this event, contact Sankar Arumugam, 919-515-7700, sankar_arumugam[AT]ncsu.edu.

About the speaker:

Jerry L. Schnoor is the Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. His research interests include carbon sequestration, water quality modeling, phytoremediation, and the causes of global warming. Among his prior achievements, Dr. Schnoor testified before the United States Congress to support the Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990 at the request of the Environmental Protection Agency's head administrator. Dr. Schnoor is also a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has served on several commissions for the EPA including the Board of Scientific Counselors and the Science Advisory Board. Dr. Schnoor has served as the editor-in-chief of Environmental Science & Technology since 2007. Dr. Schnoor holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering and a M.S. in environmental health engineering from The University of Texas. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in 1972.