The UF Water Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. David Yates, from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, will be the next speaker in the Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series.    

Thursday, November 04, 2010  
Speaker:   Dr. David Yates http://www.ral.ucar.edu/directory/ and http://sei-us.org/about/staff_person/37
Research Applications Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research   
Seminar Title:  Helping water utilities consider climate change and other uncertainties in their planning process 
Time:  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM     
Location:  282 J. Wayne Reitz Union  

Abstract The water resources community has long assumed that hydrologic processes are stationary. For example, safe-yield (a standard measure of system risk in water infrastructure decision making), conceptually relies on the assumption of hydrologic stationarity, which is now recognized as invalid, primarily due to global climate change. Problematically, however, there is much uncertainty surrounding the projections of future climate, as is currently available from Global Climate Models (GCMs), especially at the local and regional level where water resource planning occurs. As David Behar of the San Francisco Public Utilities and director of the Water Utility Climate Alliance succinctly states: "The uncertainty is so great that there appears to be no ‘actionable information’ available." David Yates from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will give an overview of the state-of-the-science on regional climate projections, and present approaches to incorporating these data into water resources management planning processes.

David Yates is a Scientist in the Research Applications Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder Colorado and an SEI Associate located in Boulder, Colorado. His research has focused both on local scale hydrologic problems (flash floods, land use-land cover, climate change), as well as climate change impacts and adaptation on water and agricultural systems. 
 
Dr. Yates is available to meet with interested students and faculty on Thursday November 4th, before the seminar.  Please contact Wendy Graham ([log in to unmask]) if you are interested in meeting with him.