Prolonged and potentially destabilizing water shortages will become commonplace in Jordan by 2100, new research finds, unless the nation implements comprehensive reform, from fixing leaky pipes to desalinating seawater. Jordan’s water crisis is emblematic of challenges looming around the world as a result of climate change and rapid population growth.
Jordan isn’t just running a budget deficit; it is also running a water deficit. The Jordan Water Project, led by Stanford hydrologist Steve Gorelick, estimated that rainfall in the country could decrease by 30 percent by the end of the century.
Researchers analyzed the interconnected food, water and energy challenges that arise from the sugar industry in India – the second-largest producer of sugar worldwide – and how the political economy drives those challenges.
If global temperatures continue to rise, rainfall will increasingly become a beast of extremes. As a way of exploring the future risk of water shortage in a complex environment, scientists have made a case study of Jordan, one of the most water-poor nations in the world.
Stanford Earth researchers Eric Lambin, Dustin Schroeder, Alexandra Konings, Jamie Jones, Steven Gorelick, Kate Maher, and Jenny Suckale receive new grants from the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment supporting innovative research and technology solutions to pressing environmental issues.
Graduates of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences are poised to thrive amid a “scientific revolution” being driven by new technologies and computational power, according to Dean Stephan Graham.