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 latest, a 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 professor and the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He and his research team use satellites and develop computer models to track changing freshwater availability and groundwater depletion around the world. Famiglietti is an active speaker, a frequent advisor to national and international government officials on water issues, and avid writer for the general public. In July 2018 he will join the faculty of University of Saskatchewan, where he will direct the Global Institute for Water Security.


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