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Sustaining Indus Valley Cultures

Sustainability Series Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Vijay Paranjpye

  • Professor Emeritus, Development Economics and Environmental Science, University of Pune, India
  • Chairman, Gomukh Environmental Trust for Sustainable Development

Vijay Paranjpye's career has focused on social, economic and ecological impacts of development, water-resource planning. A keen mountaineer, he is deeply involved in advocacy and public interest litigation for nature conservation.

The Indus River Valley supplies water for one-third of the population living in Tibet (China), Pakistan, parts of Afghanistan,...

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Water Governance in Pernambuco, Brazil

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Pedro Coli

  • Analyst, Integrated Water Resources Management, Inter-American Development Bank

Giuseppe Mascaro

  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

Dave D. White

  • Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, Director, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University

Enrique Vivoni

  • Moderator and Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

A decision support system to inform integrated water resource management.

While there are common challenges in water management around the world, sustainability issues manifest themselves in specific ways in each region based on the local context.

In the State of Pernambuco, Brazil, there is nearly universal water supply...

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Arizona Native American Tribal Water Security

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, February 2, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Bidtah Becker

  • Executive Director, Division of Natural Resources, Navajo Nation

Stephen Roe Lewis

  • Governor, Gila River Indian Community

Rebecca Tsosie

  • Regents Professor of Law, Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Arizona

Margaret Vick

  • Special Counsel for Water Resources for Colorado River Indian Tribes

Jacob Moore

  • Moderator, Assistant Vice President, Tribal Relations, Office of University Affairs, Arizona State University

Arizona is home to twenty-two Native American tribes located around the state.

With different geographical locations, water needs, and water supplies, these tribes have both similar and unique perspectives and challenges to water security.

The panelists, representing several different tribes and geographical areas of Arizona, will discuss challenges tribes face...

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How Much Water Does Arizona Need? A Conversation with John Fleck

Decision Center for a Desert City
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

John Fleck

  • Environmental Journalist
  • Director, New Mexico Water Resources Program
  • Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance, University of New Mexico

ASU's Future H2O, Kyl Center at Morrison Institute and Decision Center for a Desert City are pleased to welcome John Fleck to ASU. While news stories highlight the West’s continuing drought and the specter of reduced water supplies, all too often, another important development is overlooked: Demand for water has...

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Shared Water Challenges: Seeking Collaborative Solutions for the U.S. and Mexico

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Ted Bohn

  • Assistant Research Scientist, Decision Center for a Desert City

Hallie Eakin

  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

Nicole Klobas

  • Deputy Legal Counsel, Arizona Department of Water Resource

Francisco Zamora

  • Director, Colorado River Delta Program, Sonoran Institute

Ray Quay

  • Moderator and Research Professional, Decision Center for a Desert City


Agreements and Partnerships for Sustainable Water Use

From the Colorado River Delta to Mexico City, water challenges shared by the U.S. and Mexico have resulted in collaboration and research to find solutions.

Panelists will discuss the current state of water management in Mexico’s large urban areas, agreements and partnerships between the U.S...

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Leaving No One Behind: Challenges of Urban Water Governance in the Global South

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, October 13, 2016
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Christina Culwick

  • Researcher, Gauteng City-Region Observatory, Johannesburg, South Africa

Pedro Jacobi

  • Professor, School of Education & the Graduate Program of Environmental Science, Institute of Energy & Environment, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Ajay Raghava

  • Deputy Director Climate Change, Division of Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change, Government of India

Rimjhim Aggarwal

  • Moderator and Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

Holistic approaches to urban water governance in Delhi, São Paulo, and Johannesburg.

The rapid pace of urbanization and population growth in cities of the Global South - within the current context of growing resource constraints, deeply embedded inequalities, and climate uncertainties - has posed new risks and vulnerabilities that call...

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Annual Keynote Event: Streaming Ahead: Unpacking Australia’s Urban Water Transition

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, September 1, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Megan Farrelly, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer School of Social Sciences Project Leader CR Water Sensitive Cities | Monash Water for Liveability Chair, International Working Group for Water Sensitive Urban Design Monash University, Australia

Global Drought and Water Shortage: Contemporary Australian Urban Water Practices

Confronted with rapidly growing populations, increasing climate stress, and uncertain supplies of natural resources, the liveability of urban environs is seriously challenged.

Conventional, centralised, technical infrastructure systems, such as urban water and energy, are increasingly ill-equipped to meet these challenges,...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: Sustainability Transitions for Urban Water Systems in the Colorado River Basin

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Arnim Wiek

  • IPA 4 Co-Lead, Associate Professor School of Sustainability

Michael Schoon

  • IPA 4 Co-Lead, Assistant Professor School of Sustainability

Marilyn DeRosa

  • Deputy Public Works, Director City of Tempe Water Utilities

Kevin Moran

  • Senior Director, Water Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Dave White

  • Moderator and Director, Decision Center for a Desert City

Enhancing the Capacity of Cities

The Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) at ASU is entering its third phase of use-inspired sustainability science on decision making under climatic, biophysical, and societal uncertainties. DCDC III research will be carried out in four Integrated Project Areas (IPA). In this briefing, the...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing Annual Keynote Event: A Conversation about Solutions for Water Sustainability in the Colorado River Basin

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, March 3, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Tom Buschatzke

  • Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources

James Eklund

  • Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Wellington "Duke" Reiter

  • Moderator and Special Advisor on Urban Initiatives, Office of the President, ASU

Future Innovations and Collaborative Solutions

The Colorado River and its tributaries provide a range of ecosystem services, contributing to municipal water supplies for nearly 40 million people in seven western states, irrigating millions of acres of farmland, generating thousands of megawatts of electrical capacity for the region, and providing critical habitat...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: Regional Comparative Evaluation of Sustainable Water Management Strategies

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, February 4, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Ross Maciejewski

  • IPA 3 Co-Lead, Assistant Professor School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Chris Meenan

  • Economic Analyst, Las Vegas Valley Water District

Ray Quay

  • IPA 3 Co-Lead, Research Professional, Decision Center for a Desert City

David Sampson

  • IPA 3 Co-Lead, Research Scientist, Decision Center for a Desert City

Dave White

  • Moderator and Director, Decision Center for a Desert City

Simulations, Visual Analytics, and Scenarios

The Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) at ASU is entering its third phase of use-inspired sustainability science on decision making under climatic, biophysical, and societal uncertainties. DCDC III research will be carried out in four Integrated Project Areas (IPA).

IPA 3 will use simulation modeling and...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: Actors, Institutions and Governance as Socioeconomic Drivers of and Constraints on Urban Water Systems Decision Making

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, December 3, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Kelli L. Larson

  • Associate Director and IPA2 Co-Lead, Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and School of Sustainability

Amber Wutich

  • IPA 2 Co-Lead, and Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Michael Hanemann

  • IPA 2 Co-Lead and Professor, W. P. Carey School of Business

Dave White

  • Moderator and Director, Decision Center for a Desert City

The Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) at ASU is entering its third phase of use-inspired sustainability science on decision making under climatic, biophysical, and societal uncertainties. DCDC III research will be carried out in four Integrated Project Areas (IPA).

IPA 2 seeks to understand how residents, institutions, and economic dynamics shape urban water...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: Modeling the Impact of Urban Expansion on Regional Hydroclimate

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, November 5, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Matei Georgescu

  • Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Zhihua Wang

  • IPA 1 Co-Lead, and Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Nancy Selover

  • State Climatologist for Arizona

Summer Waters

  • Director of Western Lands and Communities,Sonoran Institute

Dave White, Moderator

  • Director, Decision Center for a Desert City

The Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) at ASU is entering its third phase of use-inspired sustainability science on decision making under climatic, biophysical, and societal uncertainties. DCDC III research will be carried out in four Integrated Project Areas (IPA).

IPA 1 seeks to understand the impacts of regional climate and land-use changes on...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: DCDC III: Transformational Solutions for Urban Water Sustainability Transitions

Decision Center for a Desert City
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Panel Discussion
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Reception at Pitchforks and Corks
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Dave White

  • Director, Decision Center for a Desert City

Kelli Larson

  • Associate Director, Decision Center for a Desert City

Amber Wutich

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Decision Center for a Desert City

Michael Hanemann

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Decision Center for a Desert City

This summer, DCDC was awarded a renewal from the National Science Foundation that effectively launches the next wave of our research, education and community outreach. Thanks to this new $4.5 million investment, DCDC will expand on the last decade of scholarship on water sustainability and climate adaptation beyond Phoenix to include other cities dependent...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: Land-use Change and its Effects on the North American Monsoon

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Ted Bohn

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Decision Center for a Desert City and School of Earth and Space Exploration

Southern Arizona and New Mexico receive 40-60% of their annual rainfall in the summer, as part of the North American Monsoon (NAM).

Modeling studies suggest that 15-25% of this rainfall first falls on Mexican land, is transpired by vegetation, and subsequently is transported northward across the border to the US. The natural...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, January 15, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Lee Cronk

  • Co-Director, The Human Generosity Project
  • Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University

Athena Aktipis

  • Co-Director, The Human Generosity Project
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

Amber Wutich

  • Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

John T. Murphy

  • Researcher, Argonne National Laboratory
  • University of Chicago Computation Institute

Dave White

  • Moderator
  • Co-Director, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University

Humans across the world face the problem of how to mitigate risk and manage limited resources.

Sharing systems used by small-scale societies, such as the Maasai of East Africa, create networks of resource transfers that reduce the risk associated with ecological volatility and other shocks without requiring centralized control over resource...

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