Media Advisory | Mar. 17, 2011

UBC experts available to comment on World Water Day

As World Water Day approaches on March 22, UBC experts are available to comment on pressing global issues related to water, including:

  • Water quality and conservation
  • Water use and consumption
  • Water security and politics
  • Privatization and pricing
  • Climate change implications
  • Glaciology and hydrology

Assoc. Prof. Karen Bakker, Dept. of Geography
Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology
Director, Program on Water Governance
Tel: 604.822.2663

Prof. Madjid Mohseni, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Tel: 604.822.0047

Prof. Don Mavinic, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Tel: 602.822.4752

  • Developed technology that turns wastewater into valuable fertilizer; studies water treatment, water quality and management:

Asst. Prof. Pierre Bérubé, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Tel: 604.822.5665

Prof. Garry Clarke, Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Tel. 604.822.3602

  • The future of glaciers in western North America, their relationship to the water cycle, the consequences of shrinking glaciers, computer simulations

Prof. Dan Moore
Depts. of Geography and Forest Resources Management
Phone: 604.822.3538

  • Glaciers, climate change, forest cover changes and their influences on streamflow

Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD, Sessional Instructor
Dept. of Political Science
Phone: 604-822-2048 (contact via Public Affairs)
Twitter: @raulpacheco

  • Water governance (including waste water), cross-border water conflicts, the relationship between water and energy, perceptions of drinking water

Assoc. Prof. Deborah Roberts
School of Engineering, Okanagan campus
Tel: 250.807.8722

Asst. Prof. Mina Hoorfar, School of Engineering, Okanagan campus
Tel: 250.807.8804

Assoc. Prof. Younes Alila, Faculty of Forestry
Tel: 604.822.6058

  • Land use effects on hydrology, forests and floods, climate change and variability effects on hydrology, hydrology and watershed management

Nancy Knight (Available March 17-18)
UBC Campus and Community Planning
Phone: 604 827-3171 

  • Canada’s largest university water reduction project, which reduced water use in UBC academic buildings by 30 per cent and helped reduce annual energy costs by $2.6 million


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