Water Conservation in the Landscape

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New: Video of the presentation is now available

November 16, 2012, 2-4 pm
Emerson Alumni Hall

The Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology and the Water Institute have developed a partnership to promote sustainable water use practices in the landscape. As the inaugural event, CLCE and the Water Institute co-hosted nationally-recognized researchers for a series of seminars on November 16.

Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada spoke about the “Efficiency within Sufficiency: Analyzing and Promoting Landscape Water Conservation.” Dr. Roger Kjelgren spoke on “Reducing the Cost of Complexity: Undemanding Estimates of Landscape Water Demand.” They bring their insight from a Western state and apply it to a more broad setting. Both researchers are from Utah State University.

Brief Agenda

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“Efficiency within Sufficiency:
Analyzing and Promoting Landscape Water Conservation”

Joanna Endter-Wada, Utah State University

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“Reducing the Cost of Complexity:
Undemanding Estimates of Landscape Water Demand”

Roger Kjelgren, Utah State University

The Speakers

Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada is an Associate Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Social Science. Her research generally focuses on conceptualizing and analyzing linkages between humans and biophysical aspects of ecosystems, with emphases on water, public land, forest resources, fisheries and urban landscapes. She is currently conducting research on human dimensions of drought and climate change, urban landscape water use, and wetlands. The National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Western Water Assessment (NOAA) are funding her current research projects.

Dr. Roger Kjelgren is a tree physiologist spanning urban horticulture, forestry, and agriculture. After undergraduate and master’s degrees in soil science from Washington and Oregon state universities, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in forestry, worked at Southern Illinois University for several years before joining Utah State University. His assignment at Utah State University has revolved around teaching and research regarding efficient water management for a range of plant types and situations, primarily for irrigated urban landscapes. From this evolved a cross-disciplinary effort developing quantitative GIS tools for urban water agencies to mine their data for capacity to conserve. From a supply angle, he coordinates a cross-disciplinary dendrochronology team to reconstruct paleo hydroclimate in the interior West with a focus on delineating rhythmic wet/dry cycles that interact with downscaled climate change scenarios. Professor Kjelgren served a Fulbright fellowship in Thailand that led to developing academic relationships with partner Thai and Chinese universities, promoting study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students in agriculture and natural resources, and collaborative research efforts.