Jaime A Painter

Biography

Knowing the amount of water society is using today and needs for the future where climate varies, and land-use and population changes is critical to understanding water availability and to assure that future water needs can be met. Understanding the relations between decisions to use water in a particular place and time and the hydrologic processes and socio-economic drivers behind those decisions are required. My research primarily focuses on irrigation water-use through the incorporation of remotely sensed earth observations (precipitation, temperature solar radiance, soil moisture) with measured water-withdrawals to detect where and when irrigation is occurring, and the volume of water used there. The goal is to provide information that can help conserve water for irrigation in the future and help secure our food supply which relies heavily on irrigation.

Professional Preparation

MS Geography. University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, 2002

BS Geography. University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia, 2000

Relevant Appointments

2002-present: Geographer, Water-use Specialist,  South Atlantic Water Science Center, USGS, Norcross, Georgia.

2000-2002: Student Trainee (Hydrology), Georgia Water Science Center, USGS, Norcross, Georgia.

2000-2002: Research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.