San Diego, CA, January 02, 2009 -- Water conservation research that Jacobs School of Engineering professor Jan Kleissl and his mechanical engineering and environmental engineering students are performing in California’s Imperial Valley is making headlines around the world. A story by Associated Press journalist John Rogers about Kleissl’s efforts to monitor irrigation water needs using laser beams has run in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Economist and many other news outlets. The story first appeared as a short item from the most recent issue of the Jacobs School alumni magazine, Pulse.
The issue of Pulse highlights some of the ways the Jacobs School and UC San Diego more generally are pursuing the grand challenges in engineering as outlined by the National Academy of Engineering. The Pulse story is below. You can also listen to a seven minute audio interview with Jan Kelissl on the rural radio network here.
How Much Irrigation Water?
|Jacobs School mechanical engineering undergrad Samer Naif sets up a sensor in California's Imperial Valley. The large aperture scintillometer determines the amount of irrigation water that is lost through evaporation.|