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Welcome to the 2007 Briefing Series for Members of Congress and Staff

This year's theme is "USGS Climate Change Science: Exploring the Past, Observing the Present, Forecasting the Future"

Previous Congressional Briefings

First in the 2007 series

Climate Change:  Impacts on Water Resources

In the coming decades, climate change may significantly alter the availability of water across the United States and beyond. Growing population centers in already stressed areas, such as the arid West, will be particularly challenged. Come learn how USGS and its partners are providing the science that resource managers and communities need to address the potential impacts of climate change on the Nationís water resources.

Date: April 27, 2007 Speakers:

USGS IdentifierChris Milly
Research Hydrologist
U.S. Geological Survey

Kathy JacobsArizona Water Institute logo
Executive Director
Arizona Water Institute

Curt SchmutteCalifornia Metropolitan Water District logo
Principal Engineer and Water Resources Manager
Metropolitan Water District of Sourthern

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2261, Washington, DC

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Handouts from the April 27 briefing:


Interstate Council on Water Policy

Speaker Biographies

P. Christopher D. Milly

P. Christopher D. Milly is a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and is stationed at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey. His research focuses on understanding the global water cycle and its connection to climate and vegetation. He has made pioneering contributions to the problem of detection of climate-driven changes in streamflow, flood risk, and water availability. He guides a team of USGS, GFDL, and Princeton University scientists in the design and construction of the land component of GFDL’s numerical climate and earth-system models. Milly is a contributing author and reviewer for the periodic Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is frequently invited to speak on climate change and water resources at national and international scientific meetings.

Kathy Jacobs

Kathy Jacobs is the Executive Director of the Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of three Arizona universities focused on water-related research, education, and technology transfer related to water supply sustainability.  She is also the Deputy Director of the NSF Center for Sustainability of Arid Region Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA), and a professor in the University of Arizona’s Soil, Water and Environmental Science Department.  She has more than twenty years of experience as a water manager for the state of Arizona, including 14 years as the director of the Tucson Active Management Area.  Her research interests include groundwater management, water policy, connecting science and decision-making, stakeholder engagement, and use of climate change and climate variability information for water management applications.  She has served on five National Academy panels and wrote the water sector chapter for the U.S. National Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change.

Curt Schmutte

Curt Schmutte is a civil engineer and manager specializing in water resources planning. For the past 21 years, he has worked for the California Department of Water Resources and is currently with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Since 1988, Mr. Schmutte has led multiple programs and projects involving the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta and Suisun Marsh, including levee improvement programs, land subsidence research, risk analyses, dredged material reuse projects, water quality studies and wetlands restoration projects. Since joining the Metropolitan Water District last May, he has been analyzing seismic flood risk mitigation strategies and large-scale ecosystem enhancements.

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