Speaker's Biography:

Jay Famiglietti
Professor and Director, UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, University of California, Irvine

James Famiglietti is a professor and founding director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling at the University of California, Irvine. He holds a joint faculty appointment in Earth System Science and in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCI. His research group uses satellite remote sensing to track water availability and groundwater depletion on land, and has been working for many years towards improving hydrological prediction in regional and global weather and climate models. Before joining the faculty at UCI in 2001, he was an assistant and associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and was the founding associate director of the UT Environmental Science Institute. He leads the Community Hydrologic Modeling Project effort in the United States to accelerate the development of hydrological models for addressing international priorities related to water, food, economic, climate and global security. Famiglietti appears in the upcoming documentary "Last Call at the Oasis," directed by Jessica Yu.

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