Author Archives | Jay Famiglietti

Nature: Emerging Trends in Global Freshwater Availability

Freshwater availability is changing worldwide. Here we quantify 34 trends in terrestrial water storage observed by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites during 2002–2016 and categorize their drivers as natural interannual variability, unsustainable groundwater consumption, climate change or combinations thereof.. This observation-based assessment of how the world’s water landscape is responding to human […]

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My interview with Michael White, Nature’s Climate Science Editor, on his Forecast podcast

Jay Famiglietti from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tells Mike about taking the plunge into using the GRACE gravity-measuring satellites for hydrology research. Keep in mind, this was at a time when hydrology was viewed as noise in the gravity signal, and that Jay was just starting off as an academic with his first graduate student, […]

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USask News: World-Leading U.S. Water Scientist Recruited to U of S

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has recruited NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory senior water scientist Jay Famiglietti as Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing, building on the university’s excellence in water science and bringing top international talent to the country.  Read the entire press release here

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PBS NewsHour: Cape Town a Global Harbinger says NASA Scientist

Factors like population growth, income inequality and climate change have exacerbated water related issues around the world. Read the rest of this post and the transcript from the March 30, 2018 interview here.

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We’re Moving to Canada!

I am so pleased to announce that I’ll be moving to the University of Saskatchewan this summer, where I will succeed Prof. Howard Wheater as Director of the Global Institute for Water Security.  I am honored to have been selected as the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing, which is a federal […]

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LA Times Op-Ed: California Will Be Short Of Water Forever

Over the last 18 months, California has experienced one of the driest, wettest and wildest rides in its recorded water history. Read the rest of the piece here

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Years of Living Dangerously: Death of the Central Valley

Actor Don Cheadle is on the ground in California, where the worst drought in 1,200 years is devastating the nation’s most populous state and the world’s seventh-largest economy. He investigates how California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration is fighting the drought while also fighting climate change. Along the way, Cheadle meets a scientist who warns of […]

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Princeton Alumni Weekly: In a Dry Country

Like thousands of real-life Oklahomans during the Great Depression, the Joad family of Steinbeck’s novel fled dust and drought for a place that looked like paradise. Read the story here.

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Real Time with Bill Maher: When in Drought

Bill speaks with UC Irvine professor and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Water Scientist Jay Famiglietti about the severe drought affecting the state of California. March 27, 2015 On Overtime Overseas and taking the SoCal Public Radio drought quiz at the after party with actor Zachary Quinto Plus a web exclusive NewRule: The Evaporation Proclamation […]

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Last Call at the Oasis

NY Times Review: When There Really Is Not a Drop to Drink. ‘Last Call at the Oasis,’ A Documentary About Water Supplies. By A. O. Scott. Jay Famiglietti, one of a handful of expert witnesses in Jessica Yu’s “Last Call at the Oasis,” is a thoughtful scientist with an engaging manner who specializes in water. […]

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