The Department of Geography (http://geography.dartmouth.edu/) at Dartmouth College seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialty in climate science, biogeochemical cycling, and/or earth systems modeling. Application review will begin November 15 and will continue until the position is filled.
The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) will be holding a conference at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico, October 8-14, 2017. The Conference theme is Modernizing Irrigation and Drainage for a New Green Revolution. Website
PULLMAN, Wash. – A team led by Washington State University will study how to better coordinate and manage the food, water and energy needs of the Columbia River basin and make the region more resilient to a changing climate as part of a $3 million grant cosponsored between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The interdisciplinary project (https://fewstorage.wsu.edu/) includes faculty from WSU Pullman and Vancouver in partnership with researchers from University of Idaho, University of Utah, Utah State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, University Inn, Best Western, Moscow
Check-In 8:00 – 8:30 a.m., Seminar 8:30 am – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Peg AtKisson, Ph.D.
This seminar is a prerequisite for the follow-up workshop, Mentored Proposal Writing Workshop Series: Write and Submit a Competitive Grant Application. At the conclusion of the Write Winning Grant Proposals Seminar, tenured or tenure-track faculty may apply to enter this workshop.
In the Mentored Proposal Writing Series, selected faculty work one-on-one with Dr. AtKisson on their proposal from first steps through submission. This interactive opportunity lasts 26 weeks, during which Dr. AtKisson works individually with participants as they develop their proposals. For more information and testimonials on the Mentored Proposal Writing Workshop Series contact Becky James.
Come to the twelfth annual Palouse Basin Water Summit from 4:30 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 5, at the Schweitzer Event Center in Pullman, WA.
The 2016 Summit – our annual community dialogue about our local water resources – will feature the internationally acclaimed environmentalist Maude Barlow and her recent book, “Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever“ – a powerful, penetrating, and timely look at the looming global water crisis, and what we can do to prevent it. “The coming grab for the planet’s dwindling resources is the defining issue of our time. Water is not a resource put here for our convenience, pleasure and profit but the source of all life. It is urgent that we clarify the values and principles needed to protect the planet’s fresh water,” notes Barlow.
Be challenged by great presentations from local water experts, area youth and our annual State of the Basin report. The event is free and open to all community-minded Palouse area residents. Additionally, we will draw names for some fabulous prizes, including a low-flow toilet and a $1,000 wisescapingR yard makeover!
Three years of funding is available for a student to study cryospheric processes in High Mountain Asia and downstream impacts of cryospheric change, including impacts on groundwater, ecosystems, and agriculture. In addition to studying the role of groundwater in High Mountain Asia, the student will also contribute to remote sensing processing efforts specific to the GRACE satellite mission. This project is supported by NASA to develop an integrated assessment tool for High Mountain Asia. Competitive applicants will have modeling and programming experience, especially applied to hydrologic sciences, groundwater and/or Earth system processes. Preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree. The position will begin at Washington State University in Pullman, WA in January 2017. Interested students should contact email@example.com for more information.
DUE DATES: Full Proposal Window: October 1, 2016 – October 20, 2016
The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society’s need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions.
By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences
PROSSER, Wash. – People may notice a small, unmanned helicopter flying over Washington vineyards this summer, but don’t worry. Doing work for science, it is fully approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The drone, or unmanned aerial system (UAS), is an eight-rotor “octo-copter.” It uses high tech cameras to assess the status of plant health known as “canopy vigor” and relate that to irrigation water use and evaporation from grapevines. The flights are part of a long-term Washington State University study on subsurface irrigation in vineyards.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Julie Padowski, clinical assistant professor at Washington State University, has found that the loss of land cover around cities has increased pollution and raised the cost of water treatment.
Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, she and coauthors say 90 percent of large cities around the world have lost natural land cover to agriculture and development since 1900.
The degradation of watersheds has affected water-treatment costs for nearly one-third of the more than 300 cities in the study. The affected cities saw operation and maintenance costs rise by more than half.
Padowski does research in the Water Research Center and Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach at WSU.
Leading the study was Robert McDonald, a scientist for the Nature Conservancy. His colleagues are Padowski and Katherine Weber of Yale University.
An abstract of the paper is available here. The Washington Post writes about the research here.