The Fall U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water Exchange scholars took to the desert in October—exploring Moab, hiking in Arches National Park and enjoying two nights of camping at Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa. The students met with local experts to better understand water issues in the Colorado River Basin. They were also introduced to the writing of local authors, including Edward Abbey whose thoughts on water served as a focal point for their written reflections on the trip. Writing instruction is an important aspect of the Exchange experience and the field assignment evolved into a contest and an opportunity for friendly competition; the top three essays are published below along with photos from the trip.
In October, Jewell Lund, a University of Utah Ph.D. student, and I joined researchers from the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology and Karakoram International University to kickstart a collaborative research project in the Upper Indus Basin. Our aim is to differentiate between glacier melt, snow melt, precipitation and groundwater contribution to a major Indus River tributary.
Pakistan plays host to the most extensive irrigation canal network in the world. That vein-like system, fed by five large rivers, sprawls across the Indus Basin and is the lifeblood of the country’s agriculture industry–a sector that supports more than 40 percent of Pakistan’s workforce.
As a WaSH scholar at Mehran University for Engineering and Technology, Sharma’s goal is three-fold: understand the perceptions people in Pakistan have about menstruation, create research-based school curriculum about menstruation, and design and distribute a biodegradable sanitary napkin that can replace the traditional ways of managing menstruation.
The Water Entrepreneurship Program is designed to equip engineering students with the holistic skillset needed to develop, deploy and scale market-based solutions to global water challenges. Students are introduced to lean and practical approaches to invention and product development, learn to write effective business plans, and explore various sources of funding.
What are the implications for snow and ice as Earth’s climate continues to change? To chip away at that question, two U Water Center researchers have based their work in some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains.