AMS: Gleick on water

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) present:

The Vulnerability of U.S. Water Resources to Climate Change: From the Mississippi River floods to growing shortages in the West

Monday, May 9, 2011

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC

*This event is part of the AMS Climate Briefing Series (, which is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Paleoclimate Program*


Peter Gleick, Ph.D., Co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute, Oakland, California; member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences; AAAS Fellow; MacArthur Fellow


Paul Higgins, Ph.D. Associate Director, American Meteorological Society Policy Program


Speaker:  Peter Gleick

Title: An update on the vulnerability of U.S. water resources to climate change: From the Mississippi River floods to growing shortages in the West

The scientific evidence supporting growing impacts of human-induced climate change on U.S. water resources continues to strengthen. Dr. Peter Gleick, one of the nation’s leading experts on climate and water, will discuss recent reports on increased precipitation intensity in North America, the Mississippi River flood events, the new Department of Interior assessment of climate and western river basins, and efforts to prepare for climate and water risks facing cities, farmers, and natural systems. He will also explore some of the adverse implications of recent budget decisions for emergency preparedness and warning systems, weather forecasting, military preparedness, and national response to extreme events.


Dr. Peter H. Gleick is co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources.

Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow in October 2003 for his work. In 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Gleick currently serves on the American Geophysical Union Task Team on Scientific Ethics, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Climate, Energy, and National Security, the editorial board of Climatic Change, and the Climate Advisory Group of the California Academy of Sciences.

Gleick received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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