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Jay Famiglietti Executive Director, Global Institute for Water Security

Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing
Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

Areas of Interest

  • Remote sensing of terrestrial and global hydrology
  • Climate change impacts on hydrology and water resources
  • Regional and global groundwater depletion
  • Large-scale hydrological modeling
  • Science communication and water diplomacy

Research Supervision

Recent Work

The Seasonality of Global Land and Ocean Mass and the Changing Water Cycle
Chandanpurkar et al.,
Geophysical Research Letters,
A Map of the Future of Water
Trend Magazine,
Spring 2019



Jay Famiglietti is a professor of hydrology and Executive Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. Before moving to USask, Famiglietti served as the Senior Water Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research group uses satellites and develops advanced computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing around the globe. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, Famiglietti is a regular advisor to state, provincial and federal government officials on water security issues.

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