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December 4th, 2008
Special Session at AAG Explores the Future of Water in the American West

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PR — Water may turn out to be the oil of the 21st century. Both are crucial to the world economy and coming under enormous strain; however, only water is absolutely vital to life. The future of water in the western part of the United States will be the focus of the presidential plenary session to be held during the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. “The Future of Water in the American West” will be held at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas on March 22, 2009, at 6:30 p.m.

The special session, organized by AAG President John Agnew, will focus on water issues in the regions spanning southern Nevada, southern California, and northern Arizona. Four guest speakers will provide a range of perspectives. Glen MacDonald of UCLA is well known for his research on the long-term trends in climate and precipitation in the Mountain West. Patricia Gober of Arizona State University has recently undertaken a major research project on the role of water in the growth of metropolitan Phoenix. James Powell, Executive Director of the National Physical Science Consortium, University of Southern California, has published on the geological history of the Grand Canyon and, more recently, on the shrinkage of Lake Powell and its relationship to climate change. William E. Rinne, Director of the Surface Water Resources Department of the Southern Nevada Water Authority is actively involved in the management of the Colorado River and the supply of water to Las Vegas.

The AAG Annual Meeting will be held March 22-27, 2009, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. More than 7,000 geographers, GIS specialists, and environmental scientists from around the world will attend for the latest in research, policy, and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience.

AAG is the professional association representing leading practitioners, researchers, and educators in geography. Founded in 1904 as an educational and scientific society, its 10,000 members share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography and geographic education.

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