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A new computer algorithm that can “fill in” underground water levels in areas where quality data is not available could lead to improved models of groundwater flow in regions where pumping and aquifer depletion are a concern.
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"But just remember that every fan wants to have a great time that night. So do them a favor and wait until you're in the car before you start sharing spoilers."
Disney has done a mostly excellent job of avoiding any and all spoilers ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday, meaning that we're all set to be blown away by what the movie...
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Global #groundwater management report to be presented today in Paris at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Associate Professor of Earth & Climate Sciences Jason Gurdak says greater cooperation and leadership is needed to manage and preserve a resource that supplies drinking water to more than half the world and is a critically important source of irrigation water for global food production.
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I found these tests pretty fun and interesting.
 
In support of its research into machine intelligence and ethics, the Media Lab’s Scalable Cooperation group launched a website to ask what choices machines should make when faced with moral dilemmas.
A platform for public participation in and discussion of the human perspective on machine-made moral decisions
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I never even noticed the traffic light. Also, I always voted to run over athletic people because I figured they have a better chance to dodge the car or survive an accident and I was hoping the medics might be able to help the people I mowed down.

But I guess the instructions say those things don't matter and that they are definitely resulting in death. It makes the test easier to have it framed that way, but I imagine algorithms will be working from a statistical stand-point.
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What goes into #aquifer storage & recovery & what it could mean for Denver: http://bit.ly/1ZnfVcK
More and more people are moving to the state of Colorado and increasing the demand for water, while less and less water is available due to a sustained drought.
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Des Moines Water Works stores treated surface water in the winter (when demand is low) in a deep confined aquifer, and withdraws it when demand in high in summer. It's worked well for them. 
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Cannot post entire article as its behind paywall. This is a brief synopsis.
The National Ground Water Association is the hallmark organization for anyone affiliated with the groundwater industry. A nonprofit organization, NGWA is composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, scientists and engineers, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers.
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New Research: "The potential for snow to supply human water demand in the present and future"

My former +Stanford University graduate student Justin Mankin has a new paper out in Environmental Research Letters quantifying the importance of snow for water resources in different regions of the northern hemisphere. Here is the abstract:

http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114016

"Runoff from snowmelt is regarded as a vital water source for people and ecosystems throughout the Northern Hemisphere (NH). Numerous studies point to the threat global warming poses to the timing and magnitude of snow accumulation and melt. But analyses focused on snow supply do not show where changes to snowmelt runoff are likely to present the most pressing adaptation challenges, given sub-annual patterns of human water consumption and water availability from rainfall. We identify the NH basins where present spring and summer snowmelt has the greatest potential to supply the human water demand that would otherwise be unmet by instantaneous rainfall runoff. Using a multi-model ensemble of climate change projections, we find that these basins—which together have a present population of ~2 billion people—are exposed to a 67% risk of decreased snow supply this coming century. Further, in the multi-model mean, 68 basins (with a present population of >300 million people) transition from having sufficient rainfall runoff to meet all present human water demand to having insufficient rainfall runoff. However, internal climate variability creates irreducible uncertainty in the projected future trends in snow resource potential, with about 90% of snow-sensitive basins showing potential for either increases or decreases over the near-term decades. Our results emphasize the importance of snow for fulfilling human water demand in many NH basins, and highlight the need to account for the full range of internal climate variability in developing robust climate risk management decisions."

Here is the news story from +Columbia University , where Justin is now a postdoctoral scholar:

http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/articles/view/3265

The image is from a +National Geographic article about the paper:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151112-river-basins-water-drought-snowpack-snowfall-climate-change-science/

The article from +The Weather Channel is here:
http://www.weather.com/science/environment/news/water-shortages-snowpack

The article from +The Christian Science Monitor is here:
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1116/In-a-warming-world-more-rain-can-mean-less-water

#climatechange   #globalwarming   #science   #sciencecommunication  
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#EarthRightNow   #CAdrought  

California drought causing valley land to sink. 
A new NASA report shows land in California's San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever as Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought.
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Big Ag meets groundwater. 
About 30 percent of Iowa's municipal water systems are susceptible to nitrate pollution.
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It couldn't have been the fertilizer ;)


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