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Ron Bartel is a senior hydrologist at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research Education Center. Bartel works with farmers in the Southeast who are interested in switching from conventional crop rotation to sod-based crop rotation. One of his key tools is the Water Footprint Calculator, an online tool that allows him to estimate the water savings of sod-based crop rotation.
Brian Swett is the Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the city of Boston. During the past year, Swett has led a variety of policy and program initiatives for the city, including Greenovate Boston, a sustainability education and outreach initiative, and Climate Ready Boston, a report that analyzed preparedness initiatives for Boston’s built and natural environments.
Currently, Swett is working to update the city’s Climate Action Plan, which is due out at the end of 2014.
Located more than 2,000 miles from the continental United States, Hawaii faces a unique set of sustainability challenges that will become more complex as the climate changes. Jacqueline Kozak Thiel, Hawaii’s State Sustainability Coordinator, has been an active advisor to Governor Neil Abercrombie in his efforts as a member of President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
To prepare for their work with the Task Force, Kozak Thiel and Abercrombie worked with the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program; NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service; the National Climatic Data Center; and the Pacific Island Climate Change Cooperative to develop Navigating Change—a report that examines climate change impacts in Hawaii and assesses the adaptive capacity of Pacific Island communities.
California, the country’s most populated state, is in the midst of a three-year drought that may prove to be one of the most severe in its history. It’s a constant challenge to manage water supplies across the state’s urban, environmental, and agricultural sectors.
Jeanine Jones, the Interstate Resources Manager for the California Department of Water Resources, was appointed Deputy Drought Manager this winter to help the state deal with ongoing drought conditions. A 30-year Department of Water Resources veteran, Jones has participated in interstate water negotiations and managed various planning and climate change adaptation programs.
Dr. Jonathan Hare is a supervisory research oceanographer and director of the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center laboratory in Narragansett, R.I. He’s one of the lead researchers in the first implementation of the Fisheries Climate Vulnerability Assessment, a new standard protocol for estimating how vulnerable different fish stocks are to potential changes in climate.
Laura Briefer is the Water Resources Manager with the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities. She also co-authored a study with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Western Water Assessment that investigated how rising temperatures could challenge Salt Lake City’s water supply. The study “Planning for an Uncertain Future: Climate Change Sensitivity Assessment toward Adaptation Planning for Public Water Supply” was published in the journal Earth Interactions in November 2013.
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