Water Management & Protection Prize - 9th Award


Dr. Jay R. Lund – University of California Davis, USA

Dr. Jay R. Lund developed the CALVIN water supply optimization model for successful application in the US state of California. The CALVIN model provides a tool for the integrated analysis of regional water supply systems that couples traditional water supply criteria with economic considerations. CALVIN was successful in reshaping and optimizing water planning and management in California, with substantial improvements to the public welfare. This encouraged many countries around the world, including Mexico and Spain, to develop large-scale economic-engineering optimization models with CALVIN as their backbone.

Dr. Lund has been directly involved in optimization modeling of other major water systems, including the Columbia River system, the Missouri River system, South Florida, the US Southeast, and the Panama Canal. His work shows how the natural and social sciences can inform public policy in a challenging political environment and contribute to regional water conflict resolution. It also demonstrates how game theory, through the creative use of non-cooperative games, can be harnessed to develop more effective water management policies by identifying the externalities and evolutionary pathways of dynamic water resource problems.

Winner Profile

Dr. Jay R. Lund

Dr. Lund is Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, at the University of California, Davis.


• 1986 – PhD: University of Washington (Civil Engineering)
• 1983 – MA; University of Washington (Geography)
• 1983 – BSCE; University of Washington (Civil Engineering)
• 1979 – BA with honors; University of Delaware (Regional Planning and International Relations)

Selected Awards:

2016 – Distinguished Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
2016 – Tsuan Hua Feng Distinguished Lecture, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
2014 – Warren A. Hall Medal, Universities Council on Water Resources
2013 – David Todd Lecturer, Groundwater Resources Association of California
2013 – Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, University of California, Davis
2011 – Julian Hinds Award, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
2008 – Hugo B. Fischer Award, California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum
2002 – International Water Academy, Member, #143
1996 – Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)



Acceptance Speech

An announcement about the date and format of the 9th Awards Ceremony will be forthcoming. A decision will be made in light of necessities posed by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Winning Work

[1] Hanak, E., J. Lund, A. Dinar, B. Gray, R. Howitt, J. Mount, P. Moyle, and B. Thompson, Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation, Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, CA, 500 pp., February 2011.

[2] Knox, S., J. Tomlinson, J. Harou, P. Meier, D. Rosenberg, J. Lund, and D. Rheinheimer, “An open-source data manager for network models,” Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol. 122, Dec. 2019. 156.

[3] Pinter, N., J. Lund, and P. Moyle. “The California Water Model: Resilience through Failure,” Hydrological Processes, Vol. 22, Issue. 12, pp. 1775-1779, 2019.

[4] Hui, R., J. Herman, J. Lund, and K. Madani, “Adaptive Water Infrastructure Planning for Nonstationary Hydrology,” Advances in Water Resources, Vol 118, pp 83-94, August 2018.

[5] Hui, R., J.R. Lund, and K. Madani, “Game Theory and Risk-Based Levee System Design: The Cost of Non-cooperation,” Water Resources Research, Vol. 52, 10 January 2016.

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