Water and Agriculture


Convener: Jack Gilron, BIDR

Climate change is already occurring and is driving catastrophic changes in many regions including more frequent droughts. The ability to preserve agriculture and food security in arid regions is challenged by the need to find and recover water from a variety of sources, including groundwater, runoff and residual moisture in the air, while maintaining a minimal carbon footprint. Greenhouse agriculture can be practiced in a manner that reduces the overall water and carbon footprint for the crop growth. This requires innovative desalination schemes and the use of water vapor capture where possible. This session will discuss various strategies for water production and water capture to preserve agriculture in arid conditions. It will discuss, as well, adaptation of cultivation/irrigation techniques to novel sources of water.



Alon Ben-Gal
Agricultural Research Organization – Volcani, Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Gilat Research Center, Israel
Pedro Berliner
Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research. Israel
Roy Bernstein
The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Amos Winter
Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ,USA