Amid a changing climate, some regions prepare for more frequent and severe droughts, while others anticipate intense flooding. These changes will challenge the existing framework in which all water resource management has existed for generations. Within these developments, the 2015 MIT Water Summit asked the following questions:

How can we better understand and cope with the water challenges we face?

How can innovation in technology, research, and policy build a more resilient water system?

With a greater understanding of the challenges and new tools available, how can we navigate organizational and geopolitical systems to build a more resilient world?

Keynote speakers

Curt Spalding, Environmental Protection Agency, New England Region


Kenneth Strzepek, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT

Curt Spalding, EPA - Part 2

Kenneth Strzepek, MIT - Part 1

Curt Spalding, EPA - Part 1

Kenneth Strzepek, MIT - Part 2

Interpret Panel - Part 1

Interpret Panel - Part 2

Interpret panel

How are cutting edge research and analysis changing our ability to understand and anticipate climate-driven water challenges? 


Camille Calimlim Touton, United States Department of the Interior

Colonel John W. Henderson, US Army Corps of Engineers

Dr. Scott Doney, Department Chair, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Manoj Fenelon, Aspen Institute

Innovate Panel

Innovate Panel

How are innovations in technology and research equipping us to build more resilient water systems? 


Noël Bakhtian, Department of Energy, Office of International Affairs

Marcus Quigley, OptiRTC

Anurag Bajpayee,  Gradiant Corporation

Mark Ellison, IDE Americas

Implement Panel - Part 1

Implement Panel - Part 2

Implement Panel

How can businesses, civil society, local, national, and international decision makers work independently and together to build a more resilient world? 


Larry Susskind, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Consensus Building Institute

Edgar Westerhof, ARCADIS U.S., Inc.

Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Dennis Carlberg, AIA, LEED BD+C,  Boston University