Timothy Randhir, professor and graduate program director of the department of environmental conservation, was a member of the surface water pollution panel at the MIT Water Summit 2017: Water-Food Nexus, which was held Nov. 6-7 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
Surface water is a primary source of water for agricultural, industrial, and household use. Contaminants from industrial waste, storm water, wastewater, and agricultural runoff are polluting many surface water sources. The panel addressed changing surface water regulation, the latest technologies to combat surface water pollution, and how to curb harmful practices.
The MIT Water Summit gathers representatives of industry, academia, government and NGOs to reflect upon the most pressing questions in the water sector. This year’s summit focused on issues at the heart of the food-water nexus, reflecting on the role of water in food production – both in agriculture and aquaculture – and the innovation, policy and technologies required to support healthy and sustainable communities.
Randhir's primary interests include watershed management, water quality, ecological economics, complex systems, dynamic modeling and optimization, spatial analysis and simulation, Institutional economics, GIS-Internet-Simulation interfacing, systems modeling, climate change, land use policy, international trade and development, common pool resource management, nonpoint source pollution, and natural resources policy and management.