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Dr Steven Gorelick, Stanford, USA
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EESS talk on "Analysis of the Future of Freshwater Resources of Jordan: From Transboundary Competition to Climate Change"

In arid regions throughout the world, freshwater system are at the confluence of drivers that include severely limited water supplies, rapid population growth and demographic shifts, transboundary competition for shared freshwater resources, climate change and variability, and institutional dysfunction. Our work focuses on Jordan, which is one of the water poorest countries in the world. We adopt a multi-agent modeling framework to allow for the incorporation of institutional complexity in evaluation of policy instruments aimed at improving Jordan’s freshwater situation. The model employs a modular approach, integrating biophysical modules that simulate natural and engineered phenomena with human modules that represent behavior at multiple scales of decision making. The human modules in turn adopt a multi-agent simulation approach, defining agents as autonomous decision makers at the government, administrative, organizational, and user levels. Our approach evaluates policy interventions under a suite of scenarios that enable comparison of future freshwater options.

By: Dr Steven Gorelick, Professor, Stanford University, Dept. of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, USA - visiting professor at ETHZ At Stanford University, Steven Gorelick holds the Cyrus F. Tolman Chaired Professorship in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences and is a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. He runs the Hydro Program in the Dept. of Earth System Science. At Stanford since 1988, Professor Gorelick directs the Global Freshwater Initiative, and his two primary areas of research are water resources in developing countries and ecohydrology. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Au cœur de toutes ces compétences essentielles dans la vie courante et professionnelle réside la question de son propre rapport à soi: l’estime personnelle. Vous sentez-vous régulièrement insatisfait alors que, globalement, votre travail est toujours reconnu, ce qui crée des tensions inutiles ? Etes-vous trop exigeant à votre égard, ce qui limite votre créativité ? Avez-vous tendance à vous déprécier, vous plaçant souvent en position de défense et réagissant trop émotionnellement ? Peut-être aurez-vous alors envie de trouver des pistes pour développer, réparer, protéger votre estime personnelle.

By: Fabienne Brügger

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CISBAT 2019 Conference "Climate Resilient Cities - Energy Efficiency & Renewables in the Digital Era"

Created to further energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the built environment, the international CISBAT conference offers a dynamic scientific exchange platform in fields ranging from nanostructured materials for renewable energy applications to urban energy systems.
The conference bi-annually assembles two to three hundred scientists from universities and companies around the world at EPFL, with the financial support of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. Academic partners of the conference are specialists from the University of Cambridge and the MIT as well as the Swiss chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association IBPSA, backed by a strong international scientific committee. CISBAT also serves as an official platform of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) "Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts" (FEEB&D)

Call topics:

  1. Smart materials for building envelopes (micro- and nanotechnologies)
  2. Climate resilient buildings (ecobuildings, retrofit, performance gap)
  3. Daylighting & electric lighting (human centric & green lighting)
  4. Human & building interaction (user centered systems, behavioral aspects)
  5. Building simulation & ICT (design, optimisation, analysis) – IBPSA special session
  6. Renewable energy in the built environment (electricity, heating and cooling)
  7. Smart buildings & districts (predictive & adaptive control)
  8. Data driven methods for the built environment (regional planning, big data and machine learning)
  9. Urban climate modelling (building energy demand, outdoor comfort, urban planning)
  10. Distributed energy systems (urban energy hubs)

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