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Aquifers, Renewable Energy and Desalination in Baja California Sur: Responses to Development and Climate Changes

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Lerner Hall Room 568

The presentation will focus on available water resources within the Baja California Sur state of Mexico, and how predominantly the quality and quantity of groundwater resources in that state may be impacted by present and future  climate change and economic development. It will also consider the existing and proposed uses of desalinated seawater by the Municipalities of Los Cabos and La Paz as well as by hotels, resorts, marinas, and golf courses within these municipalities. Desalination currently occurs under concessions issued by municipal water authorities and under private projects to meet the needs of the tourism sector. Last, the presentation will consider how and in what circumstances renewable energy may be able to replace diesel fuel for desalination, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Magdalena A K Muir is a Research Associate at the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary; Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, and Associate Professor with Aarhus University where affiliated with the Energy Technology Centre. She has extensive experiences in renewable energy and desalination research and projects. Dr. Muir was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2014 to examine and develop replicable pilot projects for renewable energy and desalination in the Americas. The Fulbright research is being implemented as a Visiting Associate Research Scholar with the Columbia Climate Center at the Earth Institute, Columbia University and the University of Delaware, and as Associate Professor with Aarhus University.

A summary of Ms. Muir's Fulbright research can be found at the following website: http://climate.columbia.edu/projects/renewable-energy-desalination/.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and seating is on a first come first served basis. Photo ID is required to enter Lerner Hall.


For further information regarding this event, please contact Theresa E. Hernandez by sending email to teh2006@columbia.edu .