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Focused on the Future of Water Resources

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Auroop Ganguly and his team developed a model to help predict future water availability. (Image credit: NSF)

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Auroop Ganguly, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, heads Northeastern University’s Sustainability and Data Sciences Lab. His research encompasses climate change/extreme weather, water sustainability and data sciences for complex systems. A recipient of an NSF Expeditions in Computing award, Ganguly developed a computational model to predict future water availability based on changes in climate and global population growth. In the mid- to last part of this century, the best-case scenario showed a reduction in global economic inequity, with developing and developed nations more in line in terms of individual incomes, and a slowing of population growth. In the worst-case scenarios, population growth intensifies and economic inequity increases. The modeling also showed that population growth, not climate change, would have the largest impact on water availability. Ganguly has a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from MIT. Below, he answers 10 questions related to his life as a scientist. 

Name: Auroop Ganguly Institution: Northeastern University Field of Study: Sustainability, Data Sciences

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