Here is summary information; for a portfolio of work including related posts, see the author link at right.
Here is an abstract of the project, and a location map below.
Freshwater scarcity has always been a point of concern, and in recent years is becoming more of an issue. Unfortunately, this is not a simple issue to address and can be quite expensive. Therefore, a detailed analysis of the issue in regions that are handling it well but have unique points of concern must be conducted to address this issue globally. This analysis can be conducted by first asking: “How can populations deal with freshwater scarcity?” This paper compares and analyzes the freshwater scarcity problems Southern California and Israel face, as well as the water management strategies and effectiveness of these strategies, via policy and technological innovation, each region has implemented and still implements. This research suggests both Southern California and Israel have faced prolonged drought conditions this past decade, with both regions implementing effective strategies. These strategies involved the use of water policy, conventional water sources, non-potable surface water desalination, wastewater reuse, and seawater desalination.
Framing and focus questions
The ENVS capstone is defined by key questions. Following our situated approach to interdisciplinary environmental research, these include a broad framing question that serves as general motivation for this capstone project, and a specific focus question that defines the project’s research agenda. The framing and focus questions for this capstone are below.
Framing question: How can populations deal with freshwater scarcity?
Focus question: What types of policy and technology were used to combat drought conditions and freshwater scarcity in Southern California and Israel? How effective were they and why?
Depending on its type, the ENVS thesis results in a variety of outcomes, including a thesis (an extended scholarly manuscript), or a variety of non-thesis outcomes. Below is information on this capstone type, with links at bottom to all outcomes.
Type of capstone: Non-thesis (alternate outcome)
Alternate outcome(s): Story Map