Understanding and Reducing the Risks of Climate Change

Assembly Informational Hearing
Greenhouse Gas Town Hall Information Briefing for the California Assembly
March 10, 2006

Testimony of
Dr. Peter H. Gleick
President of the Pacific Institute for Studies
in Development, Environment, and Security

California’s Water Future: Understanding and Reducing the Risks of Climate Change

Honorable members of the legislature and of the public, thank you for the opportunity to offer this briefing today. I am a scientist by training and direct the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. The Pacific Institute is an independent, non-partisan research center looking at a wide range of national and international water issues. I have served on many boards and committees, including the Public Advisory Forum of the American Water Works Association, the International Water Resources Association, scientific panels of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and others. I am currently a member of the National Academy of Science’s Water Science and Technology Board, and an Academician of the International Water Academy of Oslo, Norway. I serve on the editorial boards of the journals Climatic Change and Water Policy. I am a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. A resume is attached.

The Institute works extensively on California water policy issues and provides analysis and policy recommendations to State, Federal, and local policymakers. The Institute was a participant in the recent California Water Plan effort of the state DWR, which concluded that climate change would have significant, and inadequately addressed, impacts on the state’s water resources. I served as co-chair and lead author of the National Assessment Water Sector report looking at the implications of climate change for the nation’s water resources, and have done research for nearly two decades into the effects of climate change for California and the western United States. […]

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