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265 CE Specialist in Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



I am writing as director of the Fisheries Ecology Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service in support of the proposed CE Specialist in Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation.

My agency is responsible for permitting water projects as part of our duties to conserve marine and anadromous (e.g., salmon and sturgeon) species under the US Endangered Species Act. California’s rising demand for water and a changing climate bring our fish conservation goals into increasing conflict with other societal goals such as reliable water supplies for agriculture and municipal uses and flood control. There are numerous difficult scientific, legal and social dimensions to the overall problem, and while California has many experts in relevant physical and biological disciplines, we are relatively weak in social sciences and interdisciplinary capacity. Also, the social dimensions of California’s water problems are fundamental—without progress in understanding how social systems can be modified to move beyond water wars to something more collaborative, we will make little progress toward any goals. The proposed Specialist would provide much-needed attention and leadership in these areas.

The Fisheries Ecology Division has a number of economists, fishery biologists and hydrologists with active research programs investigating the interactions between water resource management, fish ecology, and fisheries who would be interested in collaborating with the proposed Specialist. I look forward to supporting them in such collaborations, and the success of the proposed CE Specialist in Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation.

Dr. Steven T. Lindley, Director
Fisheries Ecology Division
Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NMFS
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Posted Jun 5, 2012 12:56 AM by Steven T. Lindley
The challenges that we will face in using water resources in light of climate change are enormous and require a true interdisciplinary perspective. Doing this requires more than lip service to other disciplines, or even respect for members of a multidisciplinary team. Rather, it requires being a full master of one discipline (e.g. biological science) and mastering the core skills in the others (e.g. hydrologic science, economics, policy). The proposed CE position presents a unique opportunity for the University to contribute broadly and importantly to the needs of the state and the nation and ESPM at UCB is an ideal host, although I envision that the incumbent will work with many campuses. The potential for interaction with the Center for Stock Assessment Research is very high.

Marc Mangel
Distinguished Professor of Mathematical Biology
Director, Center for Stock Assessment Research
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University of California Santa Cruz
Posted Jul 1, 2012 6:46 PM by Marc Mangel
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) supports the proposed CE position focusing on climate change and water resources. Climate change will be amongst the biggest stressors on water resources in this century; local and regional projects and other actions on water resources—using the Integrated Regional Water Management planning framework—will be California’s main way to adapt our water systems and ecosystems to climate change. That said, local and regional water managers desperately need technical guidance and assistance on how to plan for climate change, especially with respect to using scientific findings, projections, and tools. This CE position will be perfectly positioned to fill that need. We look forward to working collaboratively with UC in this effort.

John Andrew
Assistant Deputy Director
California Department of Water Resources
Posted Jul 25, 2012 11:01 PM by John Andrew
There is no doubt, as other comments indicate, that this position would bring much needed expertise to ANR regarding climate change and water security research and extension. Aquatic invasive species (AIS) also threaten water security, e.g. dreissenid mussels that infest water and irrigation delivery systems and freshwater ecosystems. Such biological invasions may be exacerbated by climate change. If the position is selected for funding, the incumbent should interact with Specialists and Advisors working on AIS with respect to water quantity and security and freshwater ecosystems.
Posted Jul 31, 2012 12:42 PM by Leigh Johnson

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