Kellogg Lecture: On Water Resources, Cooperation and Conflicts


Location: Hesburgh Center C103 (View on map )

Marc Muller

Marc Müller is a Kellogg Faculty Fellow and an Assistant Professor in hydrology and water resources at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Science. 

The availability of water determines where people live and what they do and, reversely, human activities also affect the way water resources are distributed through time and space. The coupled, dynamic and locally specific nature of human-water interactions makes it challenging to attribute causes and effects and generate transferrable understanding from place-based observational studies. Both tasks are essential to inform policy decisions that will have long-lasting impacts on the food, energy, water and ecological systems of tomorrow. This talk discusses recent progress in addressing these challenges along three important lines of inquiry: (i) the attribution of rapid hydrological change to climate vs. local human action, (ii) the emergence of cooperation over shared water resources and (iii) the interactions between water scarcity and violent conflicts. Müller will present results from recent investigations on highly strategic water resources in the Middle East and South Asia.

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