Water Data Drought: Addressing Limited Water Demand Data for Research and Policy

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Session ID#: 25227

Session Description:
Forecasting water demand within key sectors as a function of consumer preferences, climate, and water price is critical for any assessment of sustainability or resilience of water, energy and food systems.  Innovation in demand forecasting methods has been limited by the lack of effective data collection and access to such data.  Furthermore, the U.S. lags behind other countries concerning an understanding of demand at a national level.

How can we address this water data challenge?  Emerging technologies and development of web-based data platforms provide a broad range of possibilities to transform data availability as well as identify strategic policy and investment directions. 

The panelists will draw on their extensive experience with water demand across sectors to lay out possible strategies to address this situation.  The panel will to discuss key data gaps, innovative approaches for demand monitoring and forecasting, institutional arrangements for data collection and distribution, and emerging technologies.

Primary Convener:  Maura Allaire, University of California Irvine, Planning, Policy, and Design, Irvine, CA, United States
Conveners:  Laureline Josset, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, Benjamin L Ruddell, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, United States and Upmanu Lall, Columbia University, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, New York, NY, United States

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Index Terms:

1876 Water budgets [HYDROLOGY]
1880 Water management [HYDROLOGY]
6314 Demand estimation [POLICY SCIENCES]
6319 Institutions [POLICY SCIENCES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Scott C. Worland, USGS Tennessee Water Science Center, Nashville, TN, United States
Thomas Joseph Leckey, Washington, DC, United States
Megan Konar, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL, United States
Edwin Pinero, Self Employed, Washington, DC, United States
Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, CA, United States
William Sarni, Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States
Ellen Levin, San Francisco, CA, United States

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