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Tsuan Hua Feng Lecture Series

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Annual Tsuan Hua Feng Lecture

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jay R. Lund is this year's lecturer. He is the Director of the Center for Watershed Studies and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He is also a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Please join us for this gathering of water practitioners, Feng family members, faculty, and students of the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program and the University of Massachusetts Amherst community, including friends and alumni.

The 2016 Tsuan Hua Feng Distinguished Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 4:00 PM in the Amherst Room of the Campus Center.

Title and Abstract:

Drought and Global Change – Lessons from California

California is a dry place with 39 million people, a $2.3 trillion economy, and $54 billion/year in agricultural production.  160 years of settlement, growth, and water management have severely stressed its wide range of native ecosystems.  The last 5 years has been one the worst droughts in California’s history.  How well did California prepare for this drought?  What have been its impacts?  And what lessons can be learned for California and other regions? 

In addition to its extensive water management infrastructure and extensive system of aquifers, the globalized nature of California’s economy and agriculture has also tended to insulate California from some of drought’s most severe effects.  This talk will review water and drought management in California through time, experiences with the current drought, and implications for water and drought management in California and elsewhere.  Effects of global economic and climate change will be highlighted.


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