LA Times Op-Ed: Earth’s Dismal Water Future, Mapped



The Earth’s fresh water distribution has changed rapidly since 2002. Progressively deeper hues represent the greatest and most problematic rates of change. (Jay Famiglietti / Special to The Times)

Satellite data and images are provocative, even disturbing. They confront us with a global view that can be at once breathtaking, like a piece of art, and yet, in this era of rapidly changing climate, they paint a picture of the demise of the environment. How and if we will respond to what we see is uncertain. That uncertainty lies at the root of our perilous future.Read the rest of the op-ed on the LA Times site, or download a pdf here

View the original May 16, 2018 research report, “Emerging Trends in Global Freshwater Availability,” here.


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Author:Jay Famiglietti

Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a professor and the Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. 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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