Harnessing the Digital Revolution to Assess Water Use Dynamics w/Newsha K. Ajami

Jan 28, 2022 · San Francisco, United States of America

"Harnessing the Digital Revolution to Assess Water Use Dynamics under Climatic Stressors and Policy Regimes"

Understanding water demand patterns and demand dynamics are vital in achieving long-term water resiliency and reliability, especially as traditional water supply solutions are increasingly under stress due to climate change. In this seminar, using change point detection methodology, I will closely examine various drivers that affect customer level water demand based on some of the emerging data sources. I will further assess the extent environmental and climatic stressors such as droughts and policy regimes, influence transitory behavioral modifications or structural changes in water demand and rebound patterns and how such dynamics are key in informing water supply reliability and infrastructure planning.

Newsha K. Ajami, is the Chief Research Strategy and Development Officer for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. A leading expert in sustainable water resource management, smart cities, and the water-energy-food nexus, she uses data science principles to study the human and policy dimensions of urban water and hydrologic systems. In her role at LBL, she is focused on developing interdisciplinary and impact focused research initiatives across various domain within EESA.

Dr. Ajami served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board for two terms and is currently a mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. She is a member of National Academies Board on Water Science and Technology and serves as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute. Dr. Ajami also serves on number of state-level and national advisory boards. Before joining LBL she served as the founding director of the
Stanford Urban Water Policy program and a senior research scholar at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Earlier in her career, she also served as a Science and Technology fellow at the California State Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee where she worked on various water and energy related legislation.

She has published many highly cited peer-reviewed articles, coauthored two books, and contributed opinion pieces to the New York Times, San Jose Mercury and the Sacramento Bee. Dr. Ajami received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the UC, Irvine, an M.S. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Amir Kabir University of Technology in Tehran.

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  • University of San Francisco Seminar Series in Data Science

    This Seminar Series is produced by the University of San Francisco's Master's program in Data Science (formerly Analytics). This group brings researchers and practitioners together with students, faculty, and interested members of the public to discuss topics of interest in analytics and data science. Please join us weekly on Fridays at 101 Howard St at 12:30pm. Coffee is provided!

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