Students’ idea for sustaining dams can help developing countries capture water

AAE graduate students Andrew Schreiber and Charles Chang

Unpredictable flooding and droughts, intensifed by climate change, elevate the importance of dams for managing and storing water, even in places that normally receive adequate rainfall. So maintaining the world’s existing dams can help assure farmers will have the water they need to feed the planet’s burgeoning population.

Agricultural and Applied Economics graduate students Charles Chang and Andrew Schreiber have created software that can quickly and cheaply determine a dam’s structural integrity, using their algorithm and data from easily installed fiber-optic sensors, such as those already in use at the Koksarai Dam in Kazakhstan. Read the full story.