Valencia awards Professor Rodriguez-Iturbe the "blusa del agua"
The Tribunal de las Aguas de Valencia in Spain has bestowed upon Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe its highest honor, the “blusa del agua,” in recognition of his contributions to the science of water.
A native of Venezuela, Rodriguez-Iturbe, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University , is only the second foreigner to have received the blusa.
In continual existence since the year 960, the Court of Waters tribunal governs the jurisdiction of water in Valencia . Because Valencia is so arid, water management is crucial to the region. Rodriguez-Iturbe is one of the world’s leading experts in hydrology.
The “blusa” is a short black robe like those worn by members of the tribunal. Rodriguez-Iturbe was presented with his blusa during a ceremony Feb. 22 in front of the Valencia Cathedral.