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March 29, 2002

April 9 lecture to explore Earth's water systems and climate change

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Water, the environment and climate change will be among the topics of a public lecture at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, on the Purdue University campus in Civil Engineering Building, Room 1144.

Rafael Bras, a distinguished professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss how environmental changes and human activity affect worldwide reservoirs of water. In his talk, Bras will outline the evolution of our understanding and concern about the Earth's water environment. He also will discuss the potential impact of climate change on the water environment.

His talk will conclude with recommendations on what needs to be done to protect the Earth's water systems.

Bras, the Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, is an expert on hydroclimatology, a field that examines the interactions of water, the environment and climate.

The talk, sponsored by Purdue's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is part of the Discovery Lecture Series established in 1996 to introduce and interpret breaking news in the geosciences. The lectures are aimed at audiences of high-school age and above, and are free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Harshvardhan, professor and head of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, (765)-494-4753,

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Harshvardhan is the full name of the head of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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