Talk by Distinguished Professor Jay Lund from UC Davis.
California has recently seen some of its driest and wettest years, with extreme abundance and absence of snowpack and streamflow. This exacerbation of California's already extreme-prone climate brings new challenges for water policy and management. This talk will address some of these policy challenges and suggest some promising directions for adapting California's water management to worsening climate extremes, as well as accompanying ecological, public health, and economic problems.
Dr. Jay Lund is Vice Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences and a Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He has long enjoyed teaching, research, and engagement on many aspects of theory and practice for water management and policy, usually trying to integrate economics and operations research with traditional engineering. He has become particularly engaged in working on the wide range of water problems in California with many collaborators and remains enthusiastic about the potential of system analysis and optimization to provide understanding and insights for management and policy.