Linking Science, Technology and Policy for a Sustainable Earth

Communicating the Science and Impacts of Fundamental Earth System Change: A Focus on Ice-Snow-Water

Over fifty participants attended an international workshop sponsored by the US National Science Foundation and hosted by the World Bank in Washington, DC in November 2014. The workshop was co-organized by the CUNY Environmental CrossRoads Initiative and Vox Naturae of Reykjavik with a focus on exploring key issues, success stories and failures in the transfer of scientific knowledge into the public, private sector and policy domains. The workshop addressed three primary scientific topics, with keynote research talks on the polar vortex; disappearing ice and sea level rise; and permafrost loss, methane and greenhouse gases. [continued here].

A high-resolution PDF of the workshop report, Motivating Research on the Science Communications Front, is available here.


AGU Fall Meeting 2015

Environmental CrossRoads researchers are convening two sessions at the AGU Fall Meeting 2015:

Numerical Modeling and Applications of River Fluxes in Large Basins under Changing Environmental Conditions
Contact Zachary Tessler for more information.

NH017: Local and Regional Scenarios for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Assessment: "top-down" and "bottom-up" Approaches
Contact Bernice Rosenzweig for more information.

The abstract submission deadline for both is August 5.

More News and Information

CUNY CrossRoads Researchers Featured in Articles on Water Management, Coastal Deltas, and Human-Water Interactions

Science Policy Forum: WATER - July 31, 2015

What Scale for Water Governance?
Water management is a central responsibility of civil society. Major questions persist regarding practice, policy, and the underlying evidence and methods to inform both. This week: local versus global. When, and to what extent, should a global viewpoint replace, or work in tandem with, enduring localized perspectives?

Fresh Water Goes Global
C. J. Vörösmarty, A. Y. Hoekstra, S. E. Bunn, D. Conway, and J. Gupta
[download the PDF here]

Science Twitter post

Profiling Risk and Sustainability in Coastal Deltas of the World - Science, August 7, 2015
J. D. Tessler, C. J. Vörösmarty, M. Grossberg, I. Gladkova, H. Aizenman, J. P. M. Syvitski, and E. Foufoula-Georgiou

Washington Post coverage

Delta cities, wealthy or not, face rising risk from sinking land
The Conversation, August 6, 2015
Z. D. Tessler

NEW: Deltas at Risk website

Freshwater ecosystem services supporting humans: Pivoting from water crisis to water solutions
Global Environmental Change, September 2015
P. A. Green, C. J. Vörösmarty, I. Harrison, T. Farrell, L. Saenz, and B. M. Fekete
GEC Website

Impair-then-Repair: A brief history and global-scale hypothesis regarding human-water interactions in the Anthropocene
Daedalus, Summer 2015
C. J. Vörösmarty, M. Meybeck, and C. L. Pastore