Deciphering Water, Stone, and Movement

Deciphering Water, Stone, and Movement

In 2017, Jorge welcomed me to the headquarters of Costa Rica’s underground water agency. His supervisor had asked him to show me “the model” at work. After many years of fieldwork on water issues, I had already been introduced to many models: the mathematical model to calculate extraction rates, two different pieces of software that model aquifer flow, the regulatory model Costa Rica’s agency follows, and sponges as a preferred … [more…]

World population facing water stress could ‘double’ by 2050

World population facing water stress could ‘double’ by 2050 as climate warms

The number of people exposed to water stress could double by 2050 if efforts are not made to keep global warming below 2C above pre-industrial levels and future population growth is high, a study finds.

This means an additional 380 million people could face water stress by mid-century, when compared to the number in 2010.

Even if the world does meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature target of limiting warming to … [more…]

A great water partner? An agency named geology: USGS

A great water partner? An agency named geology

Who’s this, hard at work assessing water resources?

[Metropolitan Planning Council] uses research and data from the U.S. Geological Survey in ways that may surprise you

The U.S. Geological Survey. Does that name make you think of rocks and minerals? You should also think about water! USGS is actually very involved with the study of water, including our nation’s surface waters and groundwater.

Last month MPC, along with several other … [more…]