Satellite-driven Hydro-economic Analysis of the Food-Water Nexus in Montana

Wed, Apr 25, 12:00 pm
Location: 
126 Barnard Hall
Speaker Name: 
Dr. Marco Maneta
University of Montana - Missoula
Department of Geosciences

Dr Maneta's research focuses on water and energy flows in the landscape at the watershed and regional scales. Specifically, he is interested in how vegetation and agriculture drive the apportionment of available water and energy and are thus a primary control on hydrologic processes.  After finishing his Ph.D. (University of Extremadura, Spain) on integrated physics-based hydrologic modeling for semiarid rangelands, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis on the interactions between hydrology and agriculture in tropical regions. During this period he developed hydro-economic models to understand how climate, agricultural markets, and water policy differently affect industrial, small scale, and subsistence farmers. Currently he is an Associate Professor of hydrology and hydrologic modeling in the Geosciences Dept. at the University of Montana. He is currently collaborating with DNRC, the Montana Climate Office and MSU on the development of state-of-the-art models and analyses to investigate the impact of droughts on Montana's water resources and agriculture.

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