Luncheon Seminar

April 18, 2018
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
SBSG 5105

Presented in partnership with Water UCI


Join Water UCI and the Blum Center for lunch and conversation with Dr. Kathleen Miller. As a scientist and economist, she works with the Climate Science and Applications Program under the Research Applications Laboratory. Her most recent work has addressed the relationship between water resources and climate change. In 2016, Miller served as a lead editor in a publication titled “Water Policy and Planning in a Variable and Changing Climate.” Her other interests include international fisheries and animal migration conservation.

For more information on her publications and interests, visit this site.


Water UCI Colloquium Series:

Balancing on a Roller Coaster: Water Policy and Planning in a Changing Climate

April 19, 2018
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Calit2 Auditorium
4100 Calit2 Building
Irvine, CA. 92697

Presented in partnership with Water UCI. Reception to follow.


Changes in the hydrosphere will play a large role in driving the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on human communities and natural systems. A growing likelihood of erratic shifts between extreme wet and dry periods may be especially problematic. It is important to take these shifting risks and opportunities into account when developing long-range policies and plans for the management of water, land use and infrastructure development. It also is important to base those efforts on a clear understanding of the current institutional and infrastructural context for water management. In particular, the existing structure of interests, entitlements, and decision-making authorities will shape both ongoing conflicts and potential pathways for building resilience to future changes in water availability and flooding risks. Uncertainties regarding the local-scale nature and timing of the hydrologic impacts of climate change are unavoidable, but uncertainty is nothing new in the context of water resource management. In this talk, I will describe our current understanding of the impacts of climate change and ongoing natural variability on water resources. I will then address key challenges for responding to those impacts, and discuss pathways forward. – Kathleen Miller

More About Kathleen Miller

Dr. Kathleen Miller recently retired after 32 year career with the Climate Science and Applications Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). As a Senior Research Associate at NCAR, she will continue to conduct research on climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and will serve as a lead author on the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.