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December 6, 2013
November 11, 2013
89.3 KPCC - Take Two
October 9, 2013

A Trip Home to Talk About Water
Be Water Blog - UCCHM

October 7, 2013

Groundwater: The Elephant Underfoot
National Geographics - Water Currents

October 2, 2013

Climate, Water, and the Syrian Civil War: A Scientist Connects the Dots
BBC - PRI's The World

September 27, 2013

PRI's The World (Turkey/Pakistan/Italy)
89.3 KPCC (starting at 28:40)

September 27, 2013

Making a Difference
Olive Tree Initiative Students Return from Middle East

UC Irvine - School of Social Sciences

September 27, 2013

Water: The Flow of Technology
Nature - Outlook

September 26, 2013

Did Recent Storm Put a Dent in the Southwest's Drought Problem?
89.3 KPCC

September 25, 2013

California's Water House of Cards
The Los Angeles Times - Opinion
by Jay Famiglietti and Sasha Richey

September 23, 2013

Of Water and Oreos: Be Water, My Friend!
Be Water Blog - UCCHM

September 20, 2013

Desert water supply strained by heavy pumping
The Desert Sun

September 9, 2013

Water and the Roots of Violent Conflict in Syria
The Huffington Post - The Blog - WORLD

September 7, 2013

How Severe Drought has Worsened the Conflict in Syria
89.3 KPCC

September 5, 2013

Moving Towards True Collaboration: Synergizing Our Strengths
National Geographics - Water Currents

September 5, 2013

Water Use in the Desert
The Desert Sun

September 2013

Tonight on "TakePart Live": Life Without Water Sucks. A Lot.
"Last Call at the Oasis" Director Jessica Yu joins to talk water conservation

Pivot Channel

August 22, 2013

Groundwater Wake-Up
A New View of Global Groundwater Reveals an Urgent Need to Reverse Depletion Trends


August 19, 2013

$5 billion California water bond proposed, Salton Sea funding uncertain
The Desert Sun

August 15, 2013

UC Irvine listed among America's top 10 'Coolest Schools' for Sustainability
UCCHM Press Release

August 14, 2013

UC Irvine listed among America's top 10 'Coolest Schools' for Sustainability for fourth year
UC Irvine News

August 14, 2013

UCI Ranks High on Green Campus List
The Daily Pilot

August 14, 2013

With Tar Sands Development, Growing Concern on Water Use
Yale Environment 360

August 5, 2013

Middle East groundwater depletion paper most accessed WRR paper since February, 2013
Water Resources Research

July 2013

For US Water, "Hotspots," Satellites, Monitoring and Obama

July 29, 2013

Water in a Changing Climate: Challenges, The New Blue Economy, and the Role of Modern Business
The Huffington Post - The Blog - GREEN

July 12, 2013

Study: Texas Lost Enough Water in the 2011 Drought to Fill Lake Mead Nearly Twice Over
Circle of Blue

July 11, 2013

The Water is Running out in Gaza: Humanitarian Catastrophe Looms as Territory's Only Aquifer Fails
The Independent

June 30, 2013

Water Issues Ripple Through Obama Climate Change Speech
National Geographics - Water Currents

June 27, 2013

Scientist on Alberta floods: ‘We should have seen this coming months ago’
Global News

June 25, 2013


Satellites 'see' how aquifers in drought-stricken areas are shrinking
ClimateWire (online subscription may be required)

June 17, 2013

Satellites tracking changes in water supplies across the U.S.
The Desert Sun

June 15, 2013

Water in the Balance
Science Magazine - Perspective

June 14, 2013

Satellites Identify Hotspots for Drought in Coming Years
Popular Mechanics

June 14, 2013

Wasserstandsmeldung aus dem All
(Water Level Signal From Space)

Deutschlandfunk (Audio Link available)

June 14, 2013

Satellite Data Shows U.S. Water ‘Hotspots’
Circle of Blue

​June 13, 2013

Satellite data will be essential to future of groundwater, flood and drought management 
UCCHM Press Release

June 13, 2013

Gletscherschmelze lässt die Erde stärker taumeln
(Glacier melt allows the earth to stagger more)

Die Welt

June 13, 2013

Can We End the Global Water Crisis?
National Geographics - Water Currents

June 10, 2013
June 2013

Water Officials Meet to Address Colorado River Drought
89.3 KPCC

May 28, 2013

NASA fellowships awarded to three UCI hydrology graduate students
UC Irvine News

May 24, 2013

Earth in Crisis: H2 uh-oh, Profile on Jay Famiglietti 
Orange County Register (Online Subscription Required)

April 24, 2013

Arid Middle East Becoming Rapidly Drier
Al Jazeera-Video

March 22, 2013

The Resource Problem You Probably Haven't Heard About
CNN - Global Public Square

March 22, 2013

Running Dry
National Geographics-Space Pictures

March 17, 2013

Jay Famiglietti on Vsauce & Truthloader LIVE - How many people can live on Earth?
Truthloader - YouTube

March 14, 2013

The Tigris and Euphrates Less Fertile Crescent
The Waters of Babylon are Running Dry

The Economist

March 9, 2013

Feeding the Middle East: By the Receding Waters of Babylon
The Economist

March 8, 2013

Vsauce-Truthloader LIVE: How many people can live on Earth?
Truthloader-YouTube (Trailer)
March 6, 2013

Jay Famiglietti on Satellite Mapping the Earth's Fresh Water Resources 
Radio H2O - Stimson Environmental Security Program - Podcast

March 5, 2013

Desalinating Holy Waters with the Red Sea-Dead Sea Conveyance
National Geographics - Water Currents

March 4, 2013

Satellite Recording of Groundwater Depletion in Middle East
BBC - Science in Action

February 28, 2013

Parallel Water Challenges in U.S., Middle East
Circle of Blue - The Stream

February 28, 2013

Parallel Worlds: Water Management in Israel and California
National Geographics - Water Currents

February 27, 2013

Middle East River Basin has Lost Dead Sea-Sized Quantity of Water
UC Irvine News

February 27, 2013

The Coming Water Wars?
CNN - Global Public Square (GPS)

February 24, 2013

Satellite Tracking of Middle East Aquifers Points to End of 'Data Denial'
New York Times, Andrew Revkin - Dot Earth

February 23, 2013

The Middle East Lost a Dead Sea-Size Amount of Water in 7 Years
National Geographic - Water Currents

February 22, 2013

'Water Crisis As Much About Nature As Management'
The Jerusalem Post

February 21, 2013

Massive Loss of Fresh Water in Middle East Revealed
Nature-Middle East

February 21, 2013

NASA Probes Show 'Alarming' Waterloss in Middle East
Climate Central

February 19, 2013

NASA Images Reveal Middle East Water Woes

February 17, 2013

Al Gore tweets about Middle East Study

February 16, 2013

Parched Middle East Faces Severe Water Crisis - Surprising Science

February 15, 2013

Waterless Middle East, Video Interview 

February 14, 2013

Sensibler Blick aus dem Weltall

February 14, 2013

NASA: Alarming Water Loss in Middle East
The Weather Channel

February 13, 2013

Report: Groundwater Pumping a Major Cause of Declining Water Storage in the Middle East
Circle of Blue

February 13, 2013

NASA Finds Evidence of Middle East Water Crisis

February 13, 2013

Middle East lost a Dead Sea's worth of water, study finds
NBC News - Science

February 12, 2013

The Washington Post
February 12, 2013

Satellites Reveal Depletion of a Vital Middle East Water Supply
New York Times, Andrew Revkin - Dot Earth

February 12, 2013

Groundwater levels drop at 'alarming' rate in large swath of Middle East
American Geophysical Union

February 12, 2013

NASA Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East

February 12, 2013

NASA Satellite Data Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East - Press Release

February 12, 2013

Middle East river basin has lost Dead Sea-sized quantity of water
UC Irvine News

February 12, 2013

Making Rain in the American Southwest: How Irrigation Strengthens the Monsoon
National Geographics Water Currents

February 10, 2013

UC Irvine: California farms fuel Southwest monsoons
Orange County Register

Februay 6, 2013

Regional-scale river flow modeling using off-the-shelf runoff products, thousands of mapped rivers and hundreds of stream flow gauges
Environmental Modelling & Software

February 6, 2013

California Irrigation Changing Weather Patterns in American Southwest

February 1, 2013

Report: Evaporation from California Irrigation Adds Enough Water to Colorado River to Supply 3 Million People
Circle of Blue

February 1, 2013

Does Central Valley Irrigation Boost the Southwest's Rainfall?
L.A. Times

January 30, 2013

Irrigation in California's Central Valley
strengthens the southwestern U.S. water cycle

AGU - Geophysical Research Letters

January 29, 2013


Central Valley Irrigation Intensifies
Rainfall, Storms Across the Southwest

UC Irvine News

January 28, 2013

Central Valley Irrigation Intensifies Rainfall, Storms Across the Southwest
Science Newsline

January 28, 2013

Irrigation Brings More Rain

January 23, 2013

Watering Fields in California boosts
Rainfall in Southwest


January 22, 2013

Top 10 Water News Stories of 2012
Jay Famiglietti as first "Action Figure"
Circle of Blue

January 11, 2013

Professor Famiglietti on C-SPAN
UCI ESS Newsletter

January 10, 2013

UCCHM Director Jay Famiglietti Live 
Interview on Department of Interior Report
on Colorado River Sustainability
Take Two 89.3 KPCC

December 13, 2012

Highlights of 2012 at UCI
"Last Call at the Oasis" & Jay Famiglietti's Testimony
UC Irvine News

December 10, 2012

UCI’s cloned redwoods rooted in research
ESS Hydrogroup member Liza Litvak featured in
UC Irvine News

December 10, 2012

Q & A with Professor Famiglietti
New University

November 20, 2012

California Agriculture Ripe for Innovation
Milken Institute, Currency of Ideas

November 15, 2012

Climate Change Expert to Discuss Current Issues
Coast Report Online

November 13, 2012

The Burly Men of UCCHM Raise Water Awareness
EcoCentric Blog

November 9, 2012

"Last Call at the Oasis" available on DVD
Dave Matthews Band - Twitter

November 7, 2012

"Last Call at the Oasis" DVD Review
DVD Talk

November 6, 2012

Quest for More Freshwater with Dr. Jay Famiglietti
Commander Ben - Video

November 4, 2012

Looking at Water From Above: A Conversation with Jay Famiglietti
StateImpact Texas

October 26, 2012

Modeling the Arteries of the Land
International Science Grid This Week (ISGTW)

October 24, 2012

Hydrologist to Discuss Water Scarcity

October 24, 2012

The Business of Sustainable Water Management
The Energy Collective

October 19, 2012

Satellites Help Study Future Floods and Droughts
Iowa State Daily

October 17, 2012

James Balog on Capturing our Disappearing Glaciers 
on Bill Moyers & Company

October 11, 2012

As water shifts, weather gets more extreme, scientist says
The Daily Nebraskan

September 16, 2012

Why Our Groundwater Aquifers are Heading Towards Bankruptcy
The Guardian-Sustainable Business

August 28, 2012

Jay Famiglietti on Cynthia Fox's The Water Crisis Spotlight 
on 95.5 KLOS

Listen to the PODCAST

August 26, 2012 

"Last Call at the Oasis" Nominated for Environmental Media Award


August 9, 2012

Demand for Water Outstrips Supply

August 8, 2012

Study: Climate Change to Blame on Heat Wave 
Jay Famiglietti featured on NBC4 News

August 6, 2012

No Continental Divide Needed: Bipartisan Support Can Flow From Water
National Geographics Water Currents
July 31, 2012

US drought planning: Congress reviews the National Integrated Drought Information System
Climate Science Watch

July 31, 2012

EDITORIAL: State needs to protect precious groundwater
Los Angeles Times

July 27, 2012

“Drought Is an Insidious and Patient Killer”:
Water Currents’ Jay Famiglietti Testifies to Congress
National Geographics Water Currents
July 26, 2012

U.S. must boost monitoring, forecasting programs, experts tell House panel
Environment & Energy Daily

July 26, 2012

The Sacramento Bee
July 22, 2012

Thinking Big, Acting Small, and 5 Other Things I Do To Save Water
National Geographics Water Currents

July 8, 2012

Wanted: Vision and Leadership to Ensure a Sustainable Water Future for America
National Geographics' Water Currents

July 2, 2012

Jay Famiglietti is Circle of Blue's first featured "Action Figure"
Circle of Blue

June 2012

TUGG "Last Call at the Oasis" to a Theater Near You
Huffington Post

June 19, 2012

Jessica Yu's 'Last Call at the Oasis' Made Her a Water Activist
Los Angeles Times

June 13, 2012

Jay Famiglietti Elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

May 30, 2012

In New Film, UCI Professor Warns Of Water Crisis
The OC Register

May 25, 2012

Documentary "Last Call at the Oasis" Highlights our Dystopian Future Without Water

May 10, 2012

Jay Famiglietti, UCI Hydrologist, Hoses State's Water Future in Doc "Last Call at the Oasis"
OC Weekly Blogs

May 10, 2012

Water Crisis Documentary featuring UCI Hydrologist Opens Friday in Irvine
UC Irvine Press Release

May 9, 2012

Water Wars Documentary "Last Call at the Oasis" Keeps Dystopia Real

May 9, 2012

Troubled Waters - UCI's Jay Famiglietti warns of global crisis in new documentary
UCI Today News

May 4, 2012

When There Really Is No Drop To Drink

May 3, 2012

Troubled Waters
UC Irvine Feature

April 30, 2012

Hidden Water Video Highlights
Water Conservation Issues
Huffington Post

April 22, 2012

Taking The Waste Out Of Wastewater
New York Times Sunday Review

April 21, 2012

Sounding the Alarm
Princeton Alumni Weekly
April 4, 2012

March 22, 2012

New York Times Green Blog

Groundwater Crisis Unfolds in Times Square

March 22, 2012

GRACE turns 10!
Science Daily

March 17, 2012

Film focuses on nation's dwindling groundwater
March 13, 2012


The Water's Edge
January 14, 2012


December 2011
James S. (Jay) Famiglietti has been selected as the 2012 Birdsall Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer. The lectureship is made to one person annually by the GSA Hydrogeology Division; Famiglietti is the 34rd GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Lecturer and is Professor in Earth System Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling.
He is offering two talks:
1. Water cycle change and the human fingerprint on the water landscape of the 21st Century: Observations from a decade of GRACE (Click for abstract),
2. A strategy for accelerating the development of hydrological models: Societal needs, observational requirements and public communication (Click for abstract).
At the request of interested institutions and pending availability, Jay will present one of the two lectures listed above.
A lecture request form is available here. For more information about the Birdsall-Dreiss Lectureship, please click here.
November 2011
In 2012 Professor James S. (Jay) Famiglietti is serving as the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer of the Geological Society of America, when he will lecture internationally on global water cycle change and freshwater availability. The Water 50/50 Blog will cover his journey as he will hold fifty lectures in fifty weeks, giving a global lecture tour. The posts  published will primarily be a journal of Jay’s thoughts and experiences during the lectureship. 
For more information and to follow the blog, please go to
Like Rodney Dangerfield, groundwater gets no respect. So says Michael ‘Aquadoc’ Campana. Groundwater is being depleted at an unsustainable rate and since many people don’t know where their water comes from they’re not aware that this is a problem. wants to change that with its latest data visualization contest, called HeadsUP... Contestant modelers can use data from either Leonard Konikow of the United States Geological Survey and/or James Famiglietti of the University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling. Famiglietti’s research was recently featured in a NYTimes article and he’s a featured speaker in the forthcoming documentary about water, Last Call at the Oasis, produced by Participant Media. You might remember the production company from such films as An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc. and Waiting for Superman. It’s a good time to be Famiglietti. Read more

Groundwater is an important but often overlooked natural resource. Flowing in vast aquifers beneath the surface of the earth, it is a major source of fresh water for drinking, agriculture and industry, as well as a critical component in the ecosystem's water cycle. Under natural conditions it is a renewable resource, but groundwater reserves are currently threatened by our over use. As Payal Sampat of the World Watch Institute notes, "On nearly every continent, groundwater in aquifers is being drained faster than the natural rate of recharge." While there is ample data monitoring groundwater levels, from local sensors to satellite data, it is formatted for expert hydrologists rather than concerned citizenry. Underground, out of sight and encoded, the public lacks a clear and credible indicator of changing groundwater levels.
HeadsUp! and challenge you to design an animated, data-driven indicator that alerts the public to current groundwater trends and conditions and brings this issue into focus.
See your work across 19,000 square feet of signboard in Times Square. The venue for the winning visualization is a 30 second motion graphic on the TS2 signs in NYC's Times Square. The spot will premiere on World Water Day, March 22, 2012, and run for one month. Your visualization must be appropriately legible, striking, and contextualized to impact a casual pedestrian on the ground. Your challenge submission should be a functioning version of the data visualization or indicator, supplemented by storyboards of the motion graphic spot (see details below).
UCCHM’s GRACE data on groundwater depletion is one of the two data sets to choose from.
For more information, please go to
The HeadsUP! challenge on and on Flickr.
Water Documentary premieres at Toronto International Film Festival
September 2011

Last Call Banner

Participant Media, the company that has illuminated such issues as climate change, the industrialization of food and the state of public education in the U.S. with its ground-breaking documentaries An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., and Waiting for “Superman,” turns its attention to the global water crisis in LAST CALL AT THE OASIS.  With Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu (Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien) and Academy Award-nominated producer Elise Pearlstein (Food, Inc.), LAST CALL AT THE OASIS sheds light on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects and introduces us to individuals who are championing revolutionary solutions.  It also presents a convincing argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. 

The filmmakers explore the issue from the standpoint of both quantity and quality, with insight from University of California, Irvine earth science professor Jay Famiglietti, University of Arizona law professor Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable, Scripps Institute researcher Tim Barnett, the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick, and writer Alex Prud’homme, whose manuscript for the book The Ripple Effect served as an early resource. We see how because of overuse, population burdens and climate change, our water supplies are no longer being replenished. It is also revealed how the issue of water cannot be approached without understanding its connection to everything else, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear to the electricity we depend on. 
UCCHM is excited to be part of this production. The documentary features Professor Jay Famiglietti as one of the water experts and appearances of UCCHM researchers and students.
Watch the trailer:

LAST CALL AT THE OASIS will be in select theaters on May 4, 2012. 
May 4 - New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.
May 11 - Phoenix, Chicago, Austin, Boston, Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Denver
May 18 - Dallas, Portland, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia
May 25 - Detroit, Sacramento
Although it covers 70 percent of the earth’s surface, there is a very real possibility that in the near future, there won’t be enough water to sustain life on the planet. 
This shocking investigation into the world's water crisis, draws upon the work of scientists and activists including the real Erin Brockovich, from Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu and the producer's of "Food, Inc." Read more
For more information about the movie, please click here.
New York Times logo
May 30, 2011
Scientists have been using small variations in the Earth’s gravity to identify trouble spots around the globe where people are making unsustainable demands on groundwater, one of the planet’s main sources of fresh water. Read more
October 5, 2010
The volume of fresh water pouring from the world’s rivers has risen rapidly since 1994, in what  researchers say is further evidence of global warming. The study, led by a team at UC Irvine, is the first to estimate global fresh-water flow into the world’s oceans using observations from new satellite technology rather than through computer or hydrological models. Read more
​Frequent and extreme storms tied to global warming are causing more freshwater to flow into the Earth's oceans and sea levels to rise, concludes a team of researchers led by Jay Famiglietti, a UC Irvine Earth system science professor. Read more
December 15, 2009
Drought, curtailed water exports from the delta and overzealous well pumping during the past six years have depleted Central Valley aquifers by enough to fill Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the nation, according to new satellite data from NASA. Read more