Christopher A. Scott, Director, Udall Center for Studies on Public Policy, U. of A.
Wednesday, July 18, 2019, 2:30-3:30, The Arizona Senior Academy Building
It’s not just the Colorado River whose watershed is contested and in need of the cooperation of the people and political entities who depend upon it. The Himalayan Mountains provide the fresh water for a quarter of the world’s population, about 2 billion people: water for food, for energy, and for the entire ecosystem of a large portion of southeast Asia. The water comes from snow and glacier melt as well as monsoon precipitation, and it is in danger of running out because of the inexorable global rise in temperatures. Christopher Scott’s aim is to get the word out about the looming danger and promote international cooperation to mitigate the coming crisis through agreements between the affected nations. With his training in physical hydrology, Scott and his international colleagues are well-positioned to evaluate human impacts on the environment and watersheds and to move governments toward planning for a water-scarce future.
In addition to leading the U. of A.’s Udall Center, Christopher Scott is a University Distinguished Scholar and Professor in the School of Geography and Development. He earned the Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology from Cornell University. Scott grew up in the mountain region of India in an area now submerged behind the giant Tehri Dam, part of the Himalayan watershed. He has written, “everything comes back to water. It is the thread that unifies most facts of the environment and society—agriculture, energy, urban growth, water supply, the climate’s impact on the glacier system, ecosystem services.”
When not just seven states, but eight countries, three of which hold nuclear weapons, must share a watershed, how will the divisions be negotiated? Come and hear the insights of leading scholar and advocate, Christopher Scott.
Written by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer