Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist and the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. Until July 2016 he was a professor of Earth System Science and of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California State Water Boards, and he was the Founding Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling at UC Irvine.
Before joining UCI in 2001, Jay was on the faculty of the Geological Sciences Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he helped launch the program in climate and the UT Environmental Science Institute .
Jay and his team have been researching and communicating about water and climate change — in academics, in business, in government and to the general public — for over 25 years. He appeared as a featured expert in the water documentary Last Call at the Oasis and in CBS News 60 Minutes. Jay is a frequent speaker, an avid writer and a regular contributor to National Geographic Water Currents and to Huffington Post. His research and commentary are often featured in the international news media, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Economist, and in network, cable and public television news. Jay is a regular guest on National Public Radio, BBC Radio and other public radio shows.
He is currently working on his first book on the disappearance of groundwater resources the world over. In 2017 Jay appears in the Jigsaw Productions documentary “Water and Power: A California Heist,” and he was a story consultant on the National Geographic Channel water documentary series called “Parched.”
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