CCSE Lecture Series - Eric F. Wood - The new age of water and climate information

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 3:30 pm

Location: Babbio 430

Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises
Distinguished Lecture Series

The new age of water and climate information

Eric F. Wood
Princeton University

Water is being recognized as a critical component of economic systems.  As globalization of manufacturing expands, so does the role of water in trade especially food trade.  This increased importance offers the need for improved information on climate, including climate variability since the economic systems must cope with extremes such as floods and droughts.  The seminar will offer some examples of the increased importance of tracking water through virtual water trade, the value of water and climate information for sectors such as agricultural management, and the necessity of understanding climate variability and its impact on drought.

Eric F. Wood holds the Susan Dod Brown Professorship in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1976.  He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia (Canada) and his Sc.D. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His research area is in hydro-climatology with an emphasis on the modeling and analysis of the global water and energy cycles through land surface modeling, satellite remote sensing, and data analysis.  His foci include the monitoring and forecasting of drought, hydrologic impacts from climate change, and seasonal hydrological forecasting.  He participates in WCRP's Global Energy and Water EXchange (GEWEX) activities to develop long-term Climate Data Records of the terrestrial surface heat flux data sets for climate studies.  He is/has been a Science Team member on the NASA Aqua/Terra AMSR-E and MODIS instruments, the NASA Global Precipitation Mission (GMP) mission and the NASA  soil moisture SMAP mission.  During his academic career he has been the primary advisor to 32 PhD students, 8 Masters students, and has mentored 22 post-doctoral researchers and 10 visiting students and researchers.