Virtual Water Accounting: A New Framework for Water Management in the Great Lakes
RENEWAL TRAINING CREDIT HOURS FOR WATER OPERATORS AND ENGINEERS 1.00 TOTAL HOURS 1.00
LIVE DATE: 04/25/14
CEU TYPE: Technical
WEBINAR TYPE: Technical
Summary: What is Virtual Water Accounting? Virtual water refers to the volume of water consumed in producing a good or service. Virtual water exports and imports from or to a watershed are the volumes of virtual water associated with the export or import of goods or services from or to the watershed. This study focuses on a new framework for accounting for water withdrawals and impacts of withdrawals on ecosystems in the Great Lakes basin, based on virtual water accounting. The framework has important implications for water users in the basin, especially in the management and planning of local water resources.
Presenters: Dr. Alex Mayer, Dr. Benjamin Ruddell and Dr. Stanley Mubako
Dr. Alex Mayer is a Professor of Environmental and Geological Engineering and founding Director of the Center for Water & Society at Michigan Technological University, where he has been since 1991. Dr. Mayer’s teaching and research focuses on human-environment interactions, water resources sustainability, watershed management and modeling, and groundwater remediation.
Dr. Benjamin Ruddell’s professional experience is in the field of Science and Engineering research and education in a collaborative University setting. His current professional goals are the advancement of the science of complex Coupled Natural-Human (CNH) systems, especially in hydrology, climate, energy, water, ecosystems, and in urban environments, and the development of excellence in the practice of STEM Education in a University setting.
Dr. Stanley Mubako is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Environmental Resource Management, University of Texas at El Paso. His research interests include water resources and ecosystem sustainability, environmental life cycle analysis, and geospatial applications.
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