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The second part of Global Water Futures (see the first show here) will feature two of the world’s leading water scientists who will discuss the role of science in water management.
Professor Trevor Davies was Director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in the 1990s, a unit established in 1972 at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the first research unit to be dedicated to the study of climate change. When the Climategate crisis engulfed CRU and the global climate science community in 2009, weeks before the failed UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, he was UEA Pro Vice-Chancellor (Vice-President) for Research and played a central role in the response to the false assertions made by deniers. Professor Davies will discuss the challenges of communicating climate science now and then.
Professor John Pomeroy serves as Director of the University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology and the Canmore Coldwater Laboratory and leads Global Water Futures, a Canadian water research network that is the largest university-led freshwater research program in the world. He has conducted research on water, snow, ice and climate. Pomeroy will discuss the advantages of using science to inform government water policy and decision-making and how the scientific discovery of the increasing risk of floods and droughts caused by climate change can inform evidence-based policy and decisions, including responding to the need for greater national capacity to predict future water security.
The two scientists will be introduced by award winning author Bob Sandford, senior advisor on water policy and as the 20-year Chair of Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health.