Water & California: The Pivotal Roles of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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March 21, 2019 @ 3:30pm
Water & California: The Pivotal Roles of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a venue about 60 miles from Oakland, is the conduit for much of the water transferred through the state.

 Today it is a disturbed, vulnerable and artificially-created landscape. This important part of California is home to productive agriculture and a battleground for many environmental issues challenging the State of California relating to sustainable land management and land use, fish, water, agriculture, water quality and recreation.

 In this talk, Professor Dennis Baldocchi will describe the Delta problem, and predicate it with information on its geography, physical history, its current state, projection for the future. He will address questions from his team's research on how to stop and reverse the dramatic soil subsidence that is occurring and what are the unintended consequences.

 Dennis Baldocchi is a Professor of Biometeorology at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the ‘breathing of the biosphere’ by measuring and modeling the exchange of greenhouse gases between ecosystems and the atmosphere. Prof. Baldocchi was born and reared at the edge of the Delta and for the past 10 years he and his lab have been measuring carbon dioxide and methane exchange over crops and restored wetlands in the Delta.