Planning & Management

Panel Discussion: Hydro‐climatic Prediction for Effective Management of Water in Agriculture

Wednesday, June 6
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Lakeshore A

Efficient use of water resources in agriculture is a critical aspect of sustainable water management, particularly for less developed countries. While water scarcity already imposes significant challenges to agriculture and food production, population growth and human development may further stress water resources systems. For many locations, medium-term hydro-climatic prediction may serve to improve water use efficiency in agriculture and subsequently enhance farmers’ livelihoods. The panel will bring together experts from international organizations, funding agencies and academia to discuss the advances made so far in medium-term hydro-climatic prediction for countries in need, case studies addressing successful and unsuccessful integration of predictions in real-world decisions, unique complexities and challenges faced by both scientists and users, and opportunities to achieve more effective use of predictions to improve water-use efficiency in agriculture.

Paul James. Block, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Martha Shulski

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Majid Shafiee-Jood

PhD Candidate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Majid Shafiee-Jood is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Illinois. He holds B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering and M.Sc. degree in Water Resources Engineering both from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. His core research interests include integrated water resources planning and management. Specifically, his research focuses on integrating hydroclimatic information in agricultural and water resources decision making. Shafiee-Jood is a former President of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) student chapter at the University of Illinois and one of the founders and organizers of Illinois Water Day.

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Michael Thiemann

RTI International

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Richard Palmer

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