The Hammer and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability present “The Next Wave: Quality, Quantity and Accessibility of Water in the 21st Century,” which will explore the most pressing issues surrounding the current and future state of water.

Scientists Peter Gleick and Jay Famiglietti will answer the question: Are we truly running out of water? The presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. Both have been highly involved in bringing attention to the consequences of the mismanagement of water. 

Gleick’s work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of social justice, sustainability, human rights and integrated thinking. His contributions to the field of water include developing the first analysis of climate change impacts on water resources, discovering the earliest comprehensive work on water and conflict, and defining basic human needs for water and the human right to water. His work has been used by the UN and in human rights court cases. In 2008, Wired magazine named Gleick “one of 15 people the next president should listen to.”

Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, professor of earth system science and civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine. He's a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He and his team have conducted research and communicated about water and climate change through a myriad of outlets that include academia, business, government and the general public for over 25 years. He has been featured as an expert in the water documentary “Last Call at the Oasis.”

Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability at UCLA, will moderate the event. For the last 20 years Gold has been involved in the field of coastal protection and water pollution. His research projects focus on urban runoff pollution, DDT and PCB contamination in fish, and the health risks of swimming at runoff contaminated beaches.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and distributed on a first come, first serve basis, one hour before the showing. For more information about the event, visit Hammer Museum