Charles J. Vörösmarty
Director, ASRC Envioronmental CrossRoads Initiative
Professor of Civil Engineering,
City College of New York
Charles Vörösmarty, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in global water issues who founded the Environmental CrossRoads Initiative when he joined CUNY in 2008.
Dr. Vörösmarty, a professor on the civil engineering faculty at the City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, leads a team that develops computer models and geospatial data sets to analyze the interaction of the water cycle with climate, biogeochemistry and human activities (including water engineering projects) on scales ranging from local to global.
He regularly provides scientific guidance to a variety of U.S. and international water consortia. He is a founding member and current co-chair of the Global Water System Project, representing the input of several hundred international scientists under the International Council for Science’s Global Environmental Change Programs. He is spearheading efforts to develop global-scale indicators of water stress and is working with chief United Nations delegates who are negotiating the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Vörösmarty has served on a broad array of national panels, including the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (appointed by Presidents Bush and Obama), the NASA Earth Science Subcommittee and the National Research Council Committee on Hydrologic Science (chair). He is a member of the NRC Review Committee on the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the National Science Foundation’s Arctic System Science Program Committee, and the Arctic HYDRA International Polar Year Planning Team. He was a consultant to the 24-agency United Nations World Water Assessment Programme and represented the International Council of Scientific Unions at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development meetings.
Before coming to CUNY, Dr. Vörösmarty was a Research Full Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire, where he was founder and director of its Water Systems Analysis Group. He received his B.S. in biological sciences from Cornell University, a masters in civil engineering and Ph.D. in engineering systems design from the University of New Hampshire.