The River Institute | Recent Past Seminars

Second Annual Water Resources Leadership Lecture
Speaker: Dr. Peter Rogers Gordon McKay, Professor of Environmental Engineering and Professor of City and Regional Planning; Harvard University
"Global Water Crisis: Myth or Reality?"
Wednesday May 5, 2004, 4pm, Reception to follow
Where: Barnum Hall 008, Tufts University, Medford Campus Description: Professor Rogers specializes in methods for managing natural resources and the environment, with emphasis on the use of analytic optimizing methods to incorporate both the natural phenomena and the engineering controls; development of meso-scale models of resource management that relate directly to macro-economic parameters; robust indices for environmental quality; and the impacts of global change on water resources. He was a member of the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century, is active on the 12-member Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Water Partnership. In addition he has served as a consultant on water resources to various government agencies in India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Morocco, and Costa Rica. He has also consulted widely with the UN system, the World Bank, UNIDO, WHO, FAO, UNDESP, ADB, IADB, and many domestic US agencies.
Sponsored by: The Water: Systems, Science, and Society Program (WSSS), Tufts Institute of the Environment, and Tufts WaterSHED Center

"An Overview of Water Reuse in the United States”
Dr. James Crook, P.E. Environmental Engineering Consultant
When: Friday April 30, 2004, 2:30 – 3:30
Where: 206 Anderson Hall
Sponsored by: The WSSS Program and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

1st Part - Effects of land-use changes on annual gross erosion
2nd Part – Usefulness of seasonality indicators for regional frequency analysis of hydrological extremes

Attilio Castellarin Until November 1, 2003: Visiting scholar at Dept. CEE, Tufts University DISTART, University of Bologna, Viale del Risorgimento, 2, 40136 Bologna, Italy. fax: +39-051-331-446; e-mail address:
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1st Part - The effects of land-use changes on annual gross erosion are investigated through a distributed application of the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) to a wide geographical region in northern-central Italy. The USLE, which was empirically derived for plots and is usually applied at most at basin scale, is implemented in a distributed framework through a discretisation of the study area in elementary square cells. The local amount of annual gross erosion is evaluated by combining several kinds of morphological, pedological and climatic information. The model estimates of annual gross erosion are validated for a land-use scenario dated 1992. Two different historical land-use scenarios of Bologna’s District, a large portion of the study region, are then used to assess how real land-use changes may affect gross erosion.

2nd Part – The study assess the effectiveness of incorporating information about seasonality to define homogeneous groups of sites for regional frequency analysis of hydrological extreme events. A series of Monte Carlo experiments proves for a wide study area in Northern-Central Italy that seasonality indicators have a high descriptive capability for the regionalization of floods. For the same region, the usefulness of seasonality indicators is then explored for the regionalization of rainstorms by performing a series of bootstrap resampling experiments. The study results show that the seasonality of extreme rainstorms is not particularly useful for the delineation of homogeneous rainfall regions.

"Recent Past Seminars"

Seminar Series PRESENTED BY THE PROVOST OF TUFTS UNIVERSITY AND THE STEERING COMMITTEE OF THE TUFTS WATER: SYSTEMS, SCIENCE, AND SOCIETY PROGRAM "Water in the 21st Century: Meeting the Global Challenges" Dr. Vahid Alavian Senior Water Resources Specialist, World Bank Thursday, May 1, 2003 5:00 p.m. Tufts University - Asean Auditorium Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Reception to follow at the Hall of Flags Questions? Please contact Paul Kirshen, x75589

The Tufts Water, Sustainability, Health and Ecological Diversity (WaterSHED) Center Seminar Series "History Helping Science in the Quinebaug River Study, Connecticut" Dr. Neil Fennessey Associate Professor of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering Wednesday, April 23, 2003 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Anderson Hall Room 208 Refreshments Served Questions? Please contact Paul Kirshen, x75589 or Richard Vogel, x74260