Water Deeply, a news source designed to help people understand the complex web of environmental, social and economic issues contributing to the drought crisis in California, has compiled a list of water experts to watch and Berkeley Water Center experts, affiliates and alumni are in demand:
UC Berkeley Energy Resources Group (ERG) alum Peter Gleick cofounded the Pacific Institute, a global water think-tank, in 1987 and now serves as its president emeritus and chief scientist. Gleick is a pioneer in the analysis of climate change impacts on water resources, comprehensive work on water and conflict, and defining water as a right and a basic human need. Gleick is a recipient of the MacArthur “genius” fellowship and was elected both an academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. “I’m convinced that we’re moving toward a sustainable water future in California and globally. It will take a long time, but it’s inevitable,” Gleick told Water Deeply recently. “The challenge is how to make it happen faster and with less pain than following the old traditional approaches will produce.” Gleick’s on Twitter @PeterGleick.
ERG alum Heather Cooley joined the Pacific Institute in 2004 and directs the Water Program. She conducts and oversees research on topics such as sustainable water use and management, the connections between water and energy and the impacts of climate change on water resources. Cooley testified before the U.S. Congress on the impacts of climate change for agriculture and on innovative approaches to solving water problems in the Sacramento‐San Joaquin Delta. She previously worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory studying climate and land use change and carbon cycling. She’s on Twitter at @HeatherCooley.
UC Berkeley Paleoclimatologist Lynn B. Ingram studies past climate history by examining trees, sediments, shells and microfossils. Ingram is a professor emeritus at U.C. Berkeley and the coauthor of “The West Without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us About Tomorrow.” Ingram advocates for water recycling, reusing gray water, increasing efficiency in agriculture, charging more for water and regulating groundwater. “We need to change how we’re using water,” she concluded in an interview this year.
UC Berkeley adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering Roger Bales has been active in water- and climate-related research for over 30 years. He’s a distinguished professor of engineering and a founding faculty member at U.C. Merced as well as an adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering at U.C. Berkeley. His work focuses on developing climate solutions for California by building the knowledge base and implementing policies that adapt the state’s water supplies, critical ecosystems and economy to the impacts of climate warming. Bales is also director of the U.C. Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) and a researcher at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).
UC Berkeley Wheeler Water Institute Director Michael Kiparsky works at the intersection of science and policy. Currently, he is director at the Wheeler Water Institute at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to water solutions in California by addressing water quality concerns, urban water systems and conflicts emerging from the competing demands of human and environmental water use. Kiparsky has done extensive work on water policy, but he also focuses on water sector innovation, climate change and water resources planning. His work has earned awards from the National Science Foundation, the Association of California Water Agencies, the CALFED Bay-Delta Science Program and the Udall Foundation. He wrote recently about the role of good governance and agency structure in implementing California’s 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Holly Doremus is James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation and the Faculty Co-Director at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley. She’s also the director of the Environmental Law Program at the university. Doremus earned a Ph.D in plant physiology before becoming a legal scholar, and that multidisciplinary background has informed and enriched her legal scholarship. She is well known for her work in environmental law, natural resources law, and law and science and currently teaches water law and environmental law.