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Jay Famiglietti PhD Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing, University of Saskatchewan
Executive Director, Global Institute for Water Security
Senior Water Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Biography

Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a professor with the School of Environment and Sustainability, and the Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing.  Before moving to the U of S, Famiglietti served for 4 years as the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to working at JPL, he was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine, and at the University of Texas at Austin. Famiglietti’s research group uses satellites and develops advanced computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing around the globe. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America, he is a frequent speaker, an avid writer, and he is committed to science communication. Prof. Famiglietti is a regular advisor to state and federal government officials on water availability and water security issues, and his work is often featured in the international news media.