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Falling Walls Circle Table: Breakthroughs in Water Diagnosis

Falling Walls Foundation | Andrew Curry, Jeffrey McDonnell, Joan Rose, Luis Samaniego

Water is life and almost all organism rely on water for survival. Only 3% of the world water resources are available for human consumption and a significant part of it is polluted. Half of today’s earth population is already facing some sort of water shortage in their daily life and climate change is going to exacerbate global water conflicts. An efficient and sustainable management of the available water resources can mitigate some of these problems through innovative Water Diagnosis methods. These are used to quantify large scale water flows, characterize the fate and transport of water pollutants or delineate subsurface flow paths.

This session will present three international experts who have contributed to significant breakthroughs in Water Diagnosis methods. They will explain their concepts and describe how their scientific breakthroughs have contributed to a better water management.

Falling Walls Circle Tables will give the spotlight to world-leading scientists, science strategists and policy-makers from academia, business and politics discuss how we can apply science, research and innovation to get the world moving again.

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Andrew Curry

Independent Journalist

An award-winning journalist with more than 15 years of experience reporting from five continents. I cover science, society, travel, history, politics, cycling and more. Has written for a wide variety of publications, from Architect and Bicycling to National Geographic, The New York Times, Rouleur, Science and Wired. A contributing editor at Archaeology.

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Jeffrey McDonnell

University of Saskatchewan

Jeffrey McDonnell is Professor of Hydrology and Associate Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan. His work focuses on rainfall-runoff processes and tracing the catchment water cycle. Dr. McDonnell is the recipient of the 2016 International Hydrology Prize from the International Association of Hydrological, UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organization. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Canada’s National Academy of Science), Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He has served as President of the AGU Hydrology Section and is currently Visiting Chair in Water Science at the University of Birmingham and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University and Beijing Forestry University.

Joan Rose

Michigan State University

Joan B. Rose holds the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University.  She is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety.  She has published more than 300 manuscripts.  She currently leads the Global Water Pathogens Project   www.waterpathogens.org. She is the winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  She is a member of the IWA Board of Directors (2016-curent).  Dr. Rose earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Arizona, Tucson and  masters from the University of Wyoming.

Luis Samaniego

Helmholtz-Zentrum for Environmental Research - UFZ

Luis Samaniego is the deputy head of the Computational Hydrosystems Department at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and group leader of the Stochastic and Land Surface group. His research focuses on the application of multiscale parameter regionalization techniques to land surface models and their application on monitoring, forecasting and prediction of hydrological extremes from regional to global scales. He is the chief developer of the mesoscale Hydrologic Model and co-developer of the German Drought Monitor. Currently, he coordinates the project ULYSSES -a global and multi-model hydrological prediction system- commissioned by the Copernicus Climate Change Service and implemented by the ECMWF. He is member of the American and the European Geophysical Unions and has served as Associated Editor of WRR since 2010.

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