Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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MIT 1-242, Pierce Laboratory, 33 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

MIT's Water and Food Security Seminar Series

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT present "Frontiers in Groundwater Irrigation" with Visiting Professor Chandra Madramootoo.

With erratic rainfall patterns, more frequent drought occurrences, and the poor management and distribution of water in large publicly owned irrigation systems, farmers are drilling their own deep tubewells or shallow boreholes, and relying more on groundwater for irrigation. There is little information on aquifer characteristics and recharge rates, as well as inadequate ground water monitoring programs. Unsustainable groundwater pumping and aquifer depletion have already jeopardized irrigated agriculture in many irrigated regions such as the Indo-Gangetic Plain, the High Aquifer Plains of the US, and the North China Plains. The seminar will discuss some of the remedial technical and institutional measures being put in place to make better use of limited ground water resources for food security.

Third part of a three seminar Water and Food Security Seminar Series. The seminars will be particularly informative to senior undergraduates and graduate students who wish to have a deeper understanding of the challenges of water and food security, and the areas requiring further research attention.

Contact Name: 

Allison Dougherty

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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