Michael Cohen is a Senior Research Associate at the Pacific Institute. He is the author of the June, 2011 Municipal Deliveries of Colorado River Basin Water, detailing changes in population and municipal water deliveries for cities relying at least in part on water from the basin and is the lead author of the May, 2013 Water to Supply the Land: Irrigated Agriculture in the Colorado River Basin. Mr. Cohen collaborated in drafting the NGO Colorado River shortage criteria alternative, and drafted alternative surplus criteria for the lower Colorado River in 2000. He is the lead author of several other Institute reports, including Missing Water: The Uses and Flows of Water in the Colorado River Delta Region (2001). He is also the co-author of several journal articles on water and the environment in the border region. Mr. Cohen has a Master’s degree in Geography, with a concentration in Resources and Environmental Quality, from San Diego State University, and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.
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Sustainability of Engineered Rivers in Arid Lands
Peter Gleick, PhD
Peter H. Gleick is an internationally recognized environmental scientist and co-founder of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California. His research addresses the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international security and conflicts over water resources.
Gleick was named a MacArthur “genius” Fellow in October 2003 for his work on water, climate, and security. In 2001, Gleick was dubbed a "visionary on the environment" by the British Broadcasting Corporation. In 2006 Gleick was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. In 2008, Wired Magazine named him “one of 15 people the next President should listen to.”
Gleick’s work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of social justice, sustainability, human rights, and integrated thinking. His influence on the field of water has been long and deep: he developed one of the earliest assessments of the impacts of climate change on water resources, defined and explored the links between water and international security and local conflict, and developed a comprehensive argument in favor of basic human needs for water and the human right to water – work that has been used by the UN and in human rights court cases. He pioneered the concept of the “soft path for water,” developed the idea of “peak water,” and has written about the need for a “local water movement.”
Gleick received a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group of the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and ten books, including Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water and the biennial water report, The World's Water, published by Island Press (Washington, D.C.).
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José Albiac, PhD
Jose Albiac is research fellow at the Agrifood Research and Technology Center (CITA) and professor at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He earned his Bachelor degree in Economics at the University of Zaragoza, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois. His research specializes in environmental and natural resource economics, environmental and agricultural policies, water management, water scarcity and droughts, irrigation, groundwater and ecosystems protection, nonpoint pollution, and climate change.
He has worked on an international comparison of water policies, technologies and institutions between Spain, USA, Australia, South Africa and Mexico (book co-edited with K. Schwabe, J. Connor, R. Hassan and L. Meza, “Drought in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments: A Multi-Disciplinary and Cross-Country Perspective”. Springer. Dordrecht). Other studies include the analysis of the management of aquifers systems in La Mancha (Spain), the implementation of the National Water Resources Plan of Egypt, the assessment of the European Water Framework Directive, and the evaluation of the Ebro inter-basin water transfer of the Spanish National Hydrological Plan. He organized the symposium “Water: Economics, Policy, Politics and Agricultural Celebration”, at the World Expo ZH2O in Zaragoza.
Aysegül Kibaroglu, PhD
Aysegül Kibaroglu is professor and faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University Istanbul, Turkey. Previously, she was a faculty member and the Vice Chair of the Department of International Relations at the Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Kibaroglu spent a post-doctoral fellowship in the International Water Law Research Institute at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Her areas of research include: transboundary water politics, international water law, Turkish water policy, political geography and environmental security. Dr. Kibaroglu has published extensively on the politics of water resources with an emphasis on the Euphrates Tigris river basin including a book volume entitled Building a Regime for the Waters of the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin (Kluwer Law International, 2002). She has co-edited a volume, Water Development and Poverty Reduction, with Olcay Ünver and Rajiv Gupta published by the Kluwer Academic Publishers (2003). Her latest co-edited volumes, Turkey’s Water Policy and Water Law and Cooperation in the Euphrates-Tigris Region has been published in 2011 by Springer and in 2013 by Brill, respectively. She has also published articles in the International Negotiation Journal, Water International, Journal of International Affairs, and the Global Governance. She worked as Advisor to the President of the Southeastern Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration from 2001 to 2003. Prof. Kibaroglu is the founding member of the Euphrates-Tigris Initiative for Cooperation (ETIC), which was established in May 2005.
Antonio Rocha Magalhães, PhD
Antonio Rocha Magalhães is a Brazilian citizen, PhD in Economics by the University of São Paulo, specialized in social and economic development planning. His experience in sustainable development includes the organization of the First and the Second International Conferences for Sustainable Development of Drylands (ICID) as part of the preparation process for the Rio 92 World summit and the Rio + 20 Summit. He coordinated the Aridas project (1994), which developed a methodology for sustainable development planning for the drylands of Brazil, and the Plan for Sustainable Development of the State of Ceará, Brazil, in 1995. He was a member of the IPCC and is a former member of the Scientific Committee of the UNEP Climate Programme and of the IRI – International Research Institute on Climate Prediction, based at the University of Columbia, NY, USA. Mr. Magalhães was vice-minister of planning for Brazil, minister of planning for the state of Ceará, principal country officer of the World Bank in Brazil. He taught at the University of Ceará and the University of Texas at Austin. In 2012-2013, he served as President of the Committee of Science and Technology of the UNCCD-United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Presently, Mr. Magalhães works for the CGEE-Center for Strategic Studies and Management, in Brasilia, on issues of drylands sustainable development. He is presently Advisor to the CGEE – Center for Strategic Studies and Management, focusing on research on sustainable development of Drylands. In 2012, he coordinated a study on the question of water in the Brazilian Northeast.
Mr. Magalhães received the Mitchell Prize on Sustainable Development, in the Woodlands, Texas, in 1991; he was awarded by the Government of France with the Order of the French Merit in recognition for his works on Drylands, in 2012, during the Rio + 20 Conference; he was a member of the IPCC when Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to it in 2007.
Tony McLeod, PhD
Since 1989 Tony McLeod has developed a career in water resources management focused on the Murray-Darling Basin in south-east Australia. Since 2003 this has involved Senior Executive Service roles in the Australian Public Service in Canberra and including leadership roles in the development and implementation of the Water Act 2007, amendments to the Act in 2008 based on the referral of Constitutional power to the Commonwealth and the 2012 Murray-Darling Basin Plan. McLeod has also worked for the New South Wales Government and in 1993 completed a PhD in water resource management at the University of Melbourne. McLeod also has experience in consulting, a United Nations refugee emergency and working with Aboriginal communities. In 2014 McLeod was awarded a Public Service Medal for his role in the instigation and development of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan and also was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to conduct research the University of Colorado, Boulder, in late 2014.
Steve H. Murdock, PhD
Steve H. Murdock is the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology at Rice University. He previously served as Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census having been nominated for the position by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2007 and serving until the change in administration in January of 2009. Prior to his appointment at Rice, he was the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Demography and Organization Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the Director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research. Before UTSA, Murdock was a Regents Professor and Head of the Department of Rural Sociology at Texas A&M University. He was also the official State Demographer of Texas. He was appointed to this position by Governor Rick Perry and was the first person to occupy this position. Dr. Murdock earned his Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Kentucky and is the author or editor of 14 books and more than 150 articles and technical reports on the implications of current and future demographic and socioeconomic change. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. These include the Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Research from Texas A&M University, the Excellence in Research Award and the Outstanding Rural Sociologist Award from the Rural Sociological Society, The Distinguished Alumni Award from North Dakota State University and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Eta Epsilon national honor societies.
Alexandra Nauditt is an environmental scientist with focus on hydrology and river basin management at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), Cologne University of Applied Sciences.
She is currently coordinating the international research projects “Land use and Climate change Interactions in Central Vietnam – (www.lucci-vietnam.info) and “Water Use Efficiency in Semi-Arid Central Chile” (www.hidro-limari.info) both funded by the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF).
Since 1999, she has been involved in a large number of international educational and research projects at ITT dealing with river basin assessment and management, drought risk management, water allocation and stakeholder involvement as well as interactions between climate variability, hydrology and land uses in semi-arid and tropical environments.
After her studies related to economic, social and linguistic sciences “Regional Sciences referring to Latin America” at the University of Cologne, she completed a BSc in Environmental Sciences and a MSc Earth Sciences at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Northern Rivers Institute of the University of Aberdeen, UK on “Combining hydrological modelling with isotopic tracer analyses for the assessment of mountainous ungauged catchments”.
Gerald R. North, PhD
Gerald R. North has been a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University since 1986, serving as Department Head 1995-2003. He was the Inaugural Holder of the Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences. He is currently Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Sciences. North received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1966 and after serving as a physics professor for ten years at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, including a year at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, served eight years as a research scientist at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, where we was awarded a NASA Medal for Research Excellence. He has published in the fields of paleoclimatology, statistical methods in climate dynamics and in simplified models of climate and climate change. He was the proposer and first US Study Scientist for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, a satellite jointly supported by the US and Japan launched in 1997 and is still flying after 16 years. He is one of the most highly cited geoscientists (ISI Web of Science). A common theme in his research is the application of mathematical and statistical approaches to the better understanding of mechanisms of climate change both observational and theoretical. He is recipient of the Jule Charney Award for Research of the American Meteorological Society and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society and The American Association for the Advancement of Science.
David Pietz, Phd
David Pietz is a Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. He is also Director of the Global Studies Program at the UA. With a doctorate in Modern Chinese History from Washington University, Dr. Pietz’s research interests lay in the environmental history of China and East Asia. His work focuses on long-term continuity and change in China’s water management on the North China Plain. His publications include Engineering the State: the Huai River and Reconstruction in Nationalist China and State and Economy in Republican China: A Handbook for Scholars. His current project, The Yellow River: The Problem of Water in Modern China will be published by Harvard University Press in fall of 2014. Dr. Pietz’s current research on resource management in China has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. Dr. Pietz teaches a wide range of courses on China, East Asian, and World History. He is known as a master teacher and his teaching was recognized in 1998 when he received a Harvard University Distinction in Teaching award during his time as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard. In addition to his current appointment at the UA, Pietz has taught at Washington State University, Assumption College, Tufts University, and Clark University. Committed to communicating his scholarship and teaching to audiences beyond the academy, Dr. Pietz has lectured to a wide array of audiences, including education, religious, and business groups. These efforts were recognized as he was named a Fellow in the Public Intellectual Program of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (2005-2007).
Lars Ribbe, PhD
Lars Ribbe is a professor for integrated land and water resources management and director at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), Cologne University of Applied Sciences. His work areas include river basin assessment, modelling and management and he is specifically interested in developing knowledge systems which help decision makers to cope with prevailing water resources related challenges like water scarcity and drought, floods and pollution. Recently he has been involved in bridging scientific and sectoral approaches in the context of the water, energy and food security Nexus by forming an interdisciplinary group on that matter at Cologne University of Applied Sciences.
After obtaining degrees in Chemistry (Bremen University) and Master of Engineering (Cologne University of Applied Sciences) he received his PhD (Dr.rer.nat) in the field of Hydro-informatics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. At ITT he is coordinating international master programs with relation to water and environmental sciences together with Jordan University, Vietnam Academy of Applied Sciences and the Autonomous University San Luis Potosi, Mexico as part of an international university network involving over 15 universities from around the globe. Furthermore, his current research is related to a systematic analysis of river basins with the aim to provide water governance support in Vietnam, Jordan, Chile, Brazil and the Nile Basin.
George H. Ward, PhD
George H. Ward has been Research Scientist at the University of Texas Center for Research on Water Resources since 1988. Prior to joining the University, he was vice president of a consulting engineering firm. While his primary responsibility at the University of Texas has been the prosecution of research, he has taught courses on meteorology, oceanography and water resources in the departments of Civil Engineering and Marine Science, as well as the LBJ School of Public Affairs, receiving the Teaching Excellence Award of the College of Natural Sciences in 2001.
Dr. Ward specializes in hydrodynamics and transport processes operating in natural fluid systems, especially surface watercourses, in which he has performed research and applied studies for nearly five decades. Much of this work has involved the dynamics and water quality of streams, lakes and estuaries, and has ranged from special-purpose field experiments to model development and application. This work includes hydrology and riverine processes, circulation studies in reservoirs, and landscape modeling of runoff processes. He has carried out numerous projects in the coastal and nearshore environments, particularly the analysis and modeling of circulation of estuaries and bays around the world, and the specific effects of wasteloading and inflow. Since 2004, he has served on various incarnations of the Science Advisory Committee for environmental flows in Texas. He has published over 50 technical papers, and about 200 technical reports. Recent publications include chapters in Water for Texas (Texas A&M University Press), Water policy in Texas: Responding to the rise of scarcity (RFF Press), The impact of global warming on Texas (The University of Texas Press); technical reports Hydrological indices and triggers, and their application to hydrometeorological monitoring and water management in Texas; Ecological Study of San Antonio Bay; and Assessment of Community Metabolism and Associated Kinetic Parameters in the Klamath River; and papers in scientific journals Estuaries and coasts, Aquaculture, and Marine Geology.