Toward a Sustainable 21st Century: Ocean Health, Global Fishing and Food Security

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Time: 9am to 5pm
Location: Beckman Center (directions)

16th in the “Toward a Sustainable 21st Century” series, this program will address major unsolved sustainability challenges of global society. The underlying problems confronted across the domains of this conference are particularly daunting:

• World population is expected to increase from the current seven billion today to at least nine billion by 2050.
• One billion people in the developing world depend on the world’s fisheries for their source of vital protein.
• Broad trends are well known: decline in fish size and availability in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres raise the specter of food insecurity on a global scale.
• In addition to overexploitation of fisheries, the world’s ability to produce food is negatively impacted by growing competition for energy, land and water.
• Productivity of the world’s oceans is already stressed beyond the pressure on global fisheries by toxic contamination, increasing organic pollution, degradation of coastal waters, and the effects of climate change.

This conference will address the topic across the domains of the urgency of the problem, defining the underlying science, presenting challenges of law and governance, and imperatives for action. Among the confirmed speakers are: Adam Martiny, UC Irvine; Matthew Bracken, UC Irvine; Donovan German, UC Irvine; Allison Moreno, UC Irvine; Katherine Mackey, UC Irvine; Andrew Sharpless, Oceana; Geoff Shester, Oceana; Joseph F.C. DiMento, UC Irvine; Anastasia Telesetsky, University of Idaho; Donna Christie, Florida State University; Joshua Eagle, University of South Carolina; Richard Matthew, UC Irvine; and Mark Spalding, Ocean Foundation; Rebecca G. Martone, Stanford University.

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11/19/14 Multi-decadal Evolution of Urban Water Systems

The long-term sustainability of many large cities may hinge on how well they manage urban water demand. Over the past 74 years, water demand in Melbourne, Australia transitioned between two states: one in which demand scaled linearly with reservoir storage, and another in which demand was constant. Transition between states occurs when extreme events (major droughts and significant infrastructure upgrades) cause reservoir storage to rise above or fall below 200 to 300 kL person. These insights provide a theoretical framework for long-term projections of urban water demand and hint at strategies cities can adopt to mitigate freshwater scarcity.
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Calit2, room 3008 (map)
Refreshments available from 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Talk from 4:15 - 5:00 p.m., followed by Q & A.
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11/19/14 It's All Water - Ensuring Southern California Has Enough to Drink through Re-use and Storm Water Use

Presented by David Feldman, Director of the Water UCI Initiative, Chair and Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 11:15am (buffet lunch); 12:00 - 1:30pm (talk)
Location: McCulloch Library at the University Club, 801 East Peltason Drive (map)
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Forum convenes for lunch and a presentation in the McCulloch Library at the University Club. Everyone is welcome. The buffet lunch begins at 11:15 AM and is $14 for University Club and OLLI members and $16 for non-members, including tax and gratuity. Reservations are suggested. Please call (949) 824-7960, or e-mail

10/20/14 A 21st Century 'Systems Approach' for Managing Water Resources for Resilience

Featuring Celeste Cantú, General Manager at the Santa Ana Watershed Authority
Part of the Water UCI colloquium series. The series is to provoke a thoughtful exchange of ideas and to better engage our regional colleagues regarding critical water issues facing the state, nation, and planet - and what we can do to address them. David Feldman, Director of the Water UCI Initiative, Chair and Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, will make the opening remarks.
Date:  Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time:  4 - 5:30 p.m.
Location:  UCI Calit2, Room 3008; 4100 Calit2 Building; Irvine, CA 92697-2800 (Corner of East Peltason Road and Los Trancos Drive; map)
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