big coupled data for sustainable urban systems: examples from los angeles

Stephanie Pincetl weighs in for CalMatters — Water shortages: Why some Californians are running out in 2021 and others aren’t

Drought resilience depends on location but also extraordinary engineering — determining which California places are running out of water this year and which remain in good shape. The issue is bigger than simply responding to the current drought, said UCLA’s Pincetl. Californians will need to reimagine what the future could look like and rethink their relationship to water.

“We don’t actually know where we live … we live in this kind of irrigated bubble that insulates us from the actual California,” Pincetl said. “And having easily accessible water is part of that story.”