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Webinar: SYP Geography and Climate Webinar with Dr. Roger Bales


  • August 25
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Students and Young Professionals Webinar Topic: Geography and Climate with Dr. Roger Bales

California’s Mediterranean climate and heterogeneous geography combine to create both opportunities and challenges for its ecosystems and the people that live in and depend on them. In this webinar we will:
— Examine the temperature and precipitation patterns that define the state’s climate
— Explore how the steep gradients in the Sierra Nevada shape our water resources
— Assess how past droughts inform future water-security challenges
— Project how important source-water areas will respond as climate continues to warm
— Consider how the state’s water balance is changing

Dr. Roger Bales

Dr. Roger Bales is Distinguished Professor of Engineering and a founding faculty member at UC Merced, and has been active in water- and climate-related research for for over 30 years. His scholarship includes over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and more presentations, book chapters, and reports. Currently, his work focuses on California’s efforts to build the knowledge base and implement policies that adapt our water supplies, critical ecosystems and economy to the impacts of climate warming. He works with leaders in state agencies, elected officials, federal land managers, water leaders, non-governmental organizations, and other key decision makers on developing climate solutions for California. He is a fellow in the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a professor at UC Merced since 2003, an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UC Berkeley since 2013. Previously, he was a Professor of hydrology at the University of Arizona from 1984 to 2003.

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