The Story of the Future

The Story of the Future

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Join us for an enlightening science lecture focused on the power of data, models, dashboards and forecasting in keeping the public informed about critical environmental and community concerns. Explore the dynamics of urban heat and extreme weather modeling. Discover the vital role of community dashboards in presenting quality-of-life data and how data is being used to accurately predict education outcomes. Gain a deeper understanding of how data-driven models can help us prepare for and respond to the challenges of our changing world, all aimed at improving quality of life and creating resilient communities.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
Beer, wine, and small bites will be available for purchase from Aspire Coffee House.

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Featured Presenters:

John Mejia, Associate Research Professor, Climatology at DRI
Dr. Mejia’s current research focuses on developing regional climate modeling frameworks to examine climate impacts across various scales, ranging from global to regional to urban settings. He integrates observations and model output to generate practical information for environmental management, as well as the formulation of climate adaptation and mitigation strategies. Dr. Mejia’s presentation will show our advancements in the modeling of the urban climate for the Las Vegas Metropolitan area, including its urban built heterogeneity and its interaction with urban vegetation, water, and energy consumption. Additionally, we shed light on how policies aimed at water conservation (e.g., turf replacement) or heat management (e.g., cool roofs and cool roads) exhibit synergies and tradeoffs, underscoring the importance of a comprehensive understanding for effective urban environmental management.

Zane Marshall, Director of Water Resources at the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA)
Zane Marshall has worked for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) for the past 28 years. In his current role as Director of Water Resources, Zane leads seven divisions that oversee water, land, and environmental resource management, environmental restoration and compliance, regional water conservation, climate change, and sustainability initiatives, and the application of geospatial technologies. Zane has a Master of Arts in Science in Biology and Statistics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a 2014 graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Water and Waste Water Leadership Center and a 2015 graduate of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Las Vegas Program.

With Special Guest:
Christine Albano, Assistant Research Professor, Ecohydrology at DRI

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