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Towards Sustainable Water Resources Management: Case Studies in California and Ethiopia

Apr 2, 2019
3:00pm
IBES 101-102

Come enjoy a hot beverage and snack, and listen to a short presentation by guest lecturer Mekonnen Gebremichael, Associate Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources at UCLA.


Towards Sustainable Water Resources Management: Case Studies in California and Ethiopia

In this presentation, I will talk about recent findings on solving key challenges in the path towards sustainable water resources management under different climate and landuse conditions. Specifically, the focus is on three major themes - 1) hydrologic studies in data-scarce regions, 2) integrated water management under climate and landuse change, and 3) optimal usage of water resources under multiple competing constraints. I make use of satellite-based measurements of hydrologic fluxes, spatially distributed land surface models, and advanced optimization tools to address these issues. I will present results from successful case studies, including optimization of hydropower in East Africa and quantification of groundwater change in California's Central Valley under climate change.


Dr. Gebremichael's research interests are understanding and prediction of hydrological fluxes on a range of spatial and temporal scales, advancing the use of satellite observations for water resource applications, uncertainty analysis of hydrological estimations and forecasts, transboundary river basin management, water resource management and governance in developing countries, and impact of hydrological and climate changes on vector-borne diseases.

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