Carnegie Mellon University
November 18, 2013

Small and Team to Study Costa Rican Water Management

Small and Team to Study Costa Rican Water Management

CEE-EPP Professor Mitchell Small is joining an international team of researchers at CMU, the University of British Columbia (Canada), the French Center for Agriculture Research for Development (CIRAD), and the Costa Rican Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CIRAD) to study the benefit of improved climate knowledge and forecasting for water management in Costa Rica, where portions of the country are currently experiencing severe water shortages. 

Small leads the team of CMU researchers with expertise in regional climate science (Iris Grossmann) and human behavioral studies (Gabrielle Wong-Parodi), as part of a multiyear Belmont Forum-G8 grant, with CMU funding provided by the US National Science Foundation. The team will look at better understanding the climate and hydraulic systems in Costa Rica and how regional decisions are made for how water is managed and allocated to municipalities, economic and ecological uses and where there are opportunities to improve these decisions. Additionally, the resulting data will provide science and decision-related insights relevant for other similar drought-threatened areas. 

According to Small, “ . . . the study exemplifies the ability of CMU research to tackle issues of global import where both the engineering and the behavioral sciences must be addressed and integrated.”