CES seminar, sponsored by the ADVANCE Program at Brown University, the Environmental Change Initiative and the Center for Environmental Studies
Water, Technology and Sustainability: Are We Engineering Vulnerability?
Dr. Lilian Alessa, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Geography & Environmental Sciences
University of Alaska, Anchorage
Thursday, April 19 at noon
Urban Environmental Lab Classroom, 135 Angell Street, Providence
Dr. Lilian Alessa heads the Resilience and Adaptive Management Group at UAA, and has served on the board of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States. Her expertise is in the conceptual development and application of complex systems thinking and in the development of research strategies.
Abstract: Water resources continue to challenge societies around the world. As part of the solution, water technologies ranging from reclamation, to storage to household level conservation hardware have been implemented. In this talk we will discuss the role of technology in achieving water sustainability and question the increasing effort to ‘engineer’ water efficiency. We will also present concrete examples and tools from the emerging field of computational social science which may better inform our goals of achieving resilience through a human hydrological perspective.
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