60 Minutes: Water


With the 60 Minutes team at NASA JPL. Shari Finkelstein, Cedric David, Jay Famiglietti, Lesley Stahl, Alan Buis, Jennie Held, and Brian Thomas. August 28, 2014

Lesley Stahl reports on the depletion of crucial groundwater across the globe — with a focus on California — and our work with NASA GRACE mission that is revealing just how serious the situation is.

Stream the episode here. Originally broadcast November 16, 2014, it was re-run on May 31, 2015 and updated on February 26, 2017.

Download the NASA/JPL GRACE water storage animations:  California, Middle East, India.  It may be slow, but hang in there.

Read some of the key papers on California’s Central Valley, India, the Middle East, the Colorado River Basin and my commentary on “The Global Groundwater Crisis.”

Peruse Matt Coker’s compilations in his OC Weekly feature on our work, “An Inconvenient Thirst

An Inconvenient Thirst:9 Global Hotspots

Lesley Stahl and Jay Famiglietti at NASA JPL filming on August 28, 2014

Lesley Stahl and Jay Famiglietti at NASA JPL filming on August 28, 2014

An Inconvenient Thirst: Jay Famiglietti Reader

An Inconvenient Thirst: Famiglietti’s Itinerary

An Inconvenient Thirst: 6 Videos on UCI/JPL’s Alarming Groundwater Research


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Author:Jay Famiglietti

Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a Global Futures Professor at Arizona State University, and a science communicator. He is Executive Director Emeritus of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he held the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. He was founding Chief Scientist of the Silicon Valley tech startup, Waterplan, which he continues to advise. Before moving to Saskatchewan, he served as the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. Famiglietti and his research team use satellites and develop computer models to track changing freshwater availability and groundwater depletion around the world. He is an active speaker, a frequent advisor to national and international government officials on water issues, and avid writer for the general public.


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