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Using Space-Based Observations for Improved Global Water Security and Sustainability: May 15 Lecture with NASA’s Dr. John Bolten

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This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division.

The combined stresses of overpopulation, water pollution, and poor water management practices require new approaches to better assess and manage global water security and sustainability. Dr. John Bolten will review the technological advances in satellite-based remote sensing and numerical modeling of reservoir volume, vegetation health, groundwater movement, soil moisture, and other factors that drive these new approaches and discuss how the data are being applied to address these global issues.

According to Bolten, in 2017 there were eighteen earth-observing satellites transmitting data for scientists’ use.  Roughly half of these were observing components of the Earth’s water cycle, and the other half were observing the carbon and energy cycles, all of which are interrelated.

Dr. Bolten serves as the Associate Program Manager of Water Resources for the NASA Applied Sciences Program.  His work involves efforts in the Middle East, Central and North Africa, Southeast Asia (he is Principal Investigator on NASA’s Project Mekong), and the United States.  Dr. Bolten has an M.S. and Ph.D. in geology, with an emphasis in hydrology and remote sensing from the University of South Carolina.

Date:  Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Time:  11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Place:  Pickford Theater, 3rd floor, Madison Building

For inquiries about this program, contact Stephanie Marcus in the Science, Technology & Business Division at [email protected] or the division office at: (202) 707-1212. Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

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