Dr. Fadji Zaouna Maina is the first scientist from Niger to work for NASA. Since she was ten years old, she has always wanted to fix the water problems in her village.
She had studied the effects of climate change on water sustainability and forecasted future demands using computational models and supercomputers.
Her study has shown that wildfires in California actually increase the amount of water that is available in the watersheds because the arid landscape affects the dynamics of the snowpack.
She researches the possible effects of drought in the Sahel region of Africa and advocates for a comprehensive response that includes girl education, family planning, an increase in agricultural output, and local security.