North Carolina can improve nutrient management, protect ecosystems and conserve water through innovative market and pricing policies. My extension program involves applied research, education, and outreach. I teach ARE 495/590 Water Economics to undergrad and graduate students across disciplines.
I am the dissertation advisor for two PhD students and thesis advisor for one masters student in economics looking at water issues:
- Jaimie Choi is researching the behavior of water markets.
- Andrew Hutchens is exploring the relationship between drought and electricity generation.
- Jud Griffin examines the determinants of affordability of urban water pricing.
I serve on the committees of five NCSU Civil Engineering students working on water issues:
- Lucas Ford connects climate-driven hydrological forecasts with energy allocation decisions.
- Morgan DiCarlo characterizes behaviorial response to water-related hazards and the consequences for mitigation.
- Hemant Kumar works on ground-surface water linkages and the roles of agricultural water extraction.
- Cade Karrenberg explores dynamic pricing in urban water management.
- Faisal Alghamdi does research on Advanced Metering Infrastructure to apply and develop advanced water distribution management strategies.
I also serve on the board of the North Carolina Water Resources Association
I give presentation to various groups around North Carolina on issues related to my applied research on water economics. here are two examples:
- Management of groundwater is a critical issue for agricultural producers across the globe. Presentation given to water economists (April 28, 2020): Talk on global groundwater governance
- Presentation to North Carolina Society for Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (February 14, 2019):Climate Change in NC: Crops, Land Price and Water
And I have put out a number of pieces directed at the economics of water resource management in the state:
- NC State Economist (Jan. 2, 2020): North Carolinians Benefit from Pollution Credit Trading
- NC State Economist (Jan. 30, 2019): Should I Stay or Should I Go? Coal Ash in North Carolina
- ARE Department News (Oct. 1, 2018): Coal Ash after Hurricane Florence
The Latest in Water from ARE
Mar 23, 2022
New Fact Sheet Published on Wetlands Law
This publication provides an overview of the historical wetland trends in North Carolina, reviews the evolution and current status of wetland regulations and summarizes the potential impacts of climate change on wetlands in NC.
Nov 8, 2021
Irrigation, Water Management Play Key Roles in Smoothing Drought Impacts
Researchers take a historical view of agricultural production and weather data to learn more about farmers’ responses to drought in the U.S.
Feb 9, 2022
New Grant Will Explore the Economics of Hog, Poultry Manure Recycling Technologies
Working with other NC State researchers on a new environmental grant, Eric Edwards will assess the economic outcomes of manure recycling technologies.
Oct 31, 2021
Extension Conference Resources Roundup
Sharing knowledge and research through an annual conference is an activity that makes the Cooperative Extension stronger.