Climate-Smart Water Seminar

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The current prolonged drought and water quality issues in California highlight a number of challenges related to the water-food-nutrient nexus. This seminar focuses on the need for smart, innovative and sustainable solutions on a variety of scales, from plot level to complete watershed. 

The seminar is part of an ongoing partnership in Climate-Smart Agriculture with the World Food Center, the Consulate General of the Netherlands and the California Departments of Water Resources (DWR) and Food and Agriculture (CDFA). UC Davis has been a member of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture since the first scientific conference in 2011, having also hosted the 2013 conference and co-sponsored the 2015 event. 

The event will be followed by lunch and networking. 

Jenny Lester Moffitt

CDFA Deputy Secretary


Marjolijn Sonnema

Director General of Agro and Nature
Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs

Amrith Gunasekara

Science Advisor to the Secretary, CDFA


Peter Brostrom

Section Chief Water Use Efficiency, DWR


Thomas Harter

Groundwater researcher, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences


Moderated by Josette Lewis

World Food Center

"If we can warm up the planet, we can also cool it - a perspective from a global scale"

Dennis Karpes

Co-Founder of JustDiggit


“Enabling climate-smart agriculture production without compromising water and soil resources and ecosystems. Tools and experiences from The Netherlands"

Deltares/Wageningen University/Priva

Soil Health and Agriculture
Smart Water Use in Micro Irrigation
Nutrient Losses and Eutrophication




Water for Food Security: A Vital Resource to Feed the Planet
Report: Informing California's Climate Scoping Plan
UC Davis, Europe’s top ag university unite on climate and food science