Roger Bales – Thursday, February 15, 2018

Avoiding California’s Next Water Crisis

Are the Sierra Nevada headwaters drought resilient and what have we learned from the 2011-15 drought? Learn about sustainable water supply and actions that the state can take to adapt and provide a secure water future. Roger Bales, UC Merced and Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley has been active in water and climate-related research for 30 years. He understands how to develop and implement measures that adapt water supplies, critical ecosystems, and economy to the impacts of changing water supplies. He will discuss how infrastructure and institutions must work together to provide a secure water future and how changes in headwaters impact local groundwater sustainability.

Roger Bales is Distinguished Professor of Engineering at UC Merced,  Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley, and Director of the UC Water Security and Sustainability  Research Initiative. He has been active in water- and climate-related research for 30 years, with over 140 publications, numerous presentations, reports and book chapters. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering (Purdue), M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (UC Berkeley), M.S. in Social Science/Economics (Caltech) and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science (Caltech).  He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.