Interfacing Water, Climate, and Society: A Resource List

There is a timely and critical need for collaborative and integrative research on adaptation strategies between biophysical and social scientists in the climate and water community. In July of 2010, early career faculty and scientists convened for a Junior Faculty Forum at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado to discuss the frontiers of integrated water-climate-society vulnerability and adaptation science.

Early career scientists are not just seeking, but demanding more opportunities for interdisciplinary research and education that bridge social and natural sciences. Universities and funding agencies are increasingly developing programs to try and meet those needs and there are such interdisciplinary investigations being undertaken; however information about these opportunities, resources, and investigations have not been collated in a central repository for interested parties to find. This interactive site is meant to serve that need.

We invite all users to contribute resources that they are aware of that may be missing from the present list. This interactivity will help build a more comprehensive list of resources from which the community can benefit.

Undergraduate Level Degree Programs

  • Duke University: Environmental Sciences and Policy Division at the Nicholas School
  • The University of Colorado-Boulder: Environmental Studies Program
  • Yale University: Undergraduate Major in Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Level Degree Programs

  • BREN School, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Colorado State U I-Water, IGERT
  • Columbia University: Masters in Climate and Society
  • Johns Hopkins: MS program in Energy Policy & Climate
  • Oregon State University Water Resources Policy and Management (WRPM)
  • Social Science Woven into Meteorology (SSWIM) program (University of Oklahoma)
  • Southern U Carbondale Watershed Science and Policy, IGERT
  • The Water Resources, Climate, and Society Group at the University of Massachusetts
  • Tufts U Water Diplomacy, IGERT
  • U of Idaho Resilience and Sociological Systems, IGERT
  • U of Nebraska Lincoln Resilience and Adaptive Governance of Stressed Watersheds, IGERT
  • Univeristy of Miami: Masters of Professional Science in Weather, Climate and Society
  • University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources & Environment: Joint Masters (e.g., Engineering & Natural Resources)
  • Yale School of Forestry: focal area on Water Science, Policy and Management
  • Post-graduate Opportunities

  • PRoACC: Post-Doctoral Research Programme on Adaptation to Climate
  • The Lancaster Environment Centre
  • Academic Research Groups

  • Center for Capacity Building at CU Boulder
  • CSU Water Institute
  • Michigan State U Center for Water Sciences
  • NCAR Climate Science and Applications Program (CSAP)
  • Oregon State University Institute for Water and Watersheds
  • Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
  • Professional Development and Research Training

  • AMS Summer Policy Colloquium
  • DISSCRS Symposium
  • Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program
  • The Toolbox Project
  • Water and Society: Summer School | Start date: 2011-05-08 | End date: 2011-05-13
  • Weather and Society*Integrated Studies (WAS*IS)
  • Professional Networks

  • Adaptation Learning Platforms
  • CHANS-Net: International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems
  • Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange
  • DISCCRS: DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch
  • ICARUS: Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences
  • weADAPT
  • Boundary Organizations

  • Centre for Science and Environment
  • CLIMAS: Climate Assessment for the Southwest
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit
  • EcoAdapt
  • IHDP - International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change
  • Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET)
  • International Water Association
  • NeWater
  • NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISAs)
  • SLIM Social Learning for Integrated Water Managing
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • The Climate Instiute
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Rand Corporation
  • The Water Footprint Network
  • U.K. Department for International Development
  • UK Climate Projections
  • Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA)
  • Western Water Assessment
  • Journals

  • Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change
  • AMS Weather, Climate, and Society
  • Annual Review of Environment and Resources
  • Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
  • Climate Research
  • Climatic Change
  • Ecology and Society
  • Environmental Research Letters
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Journal of the American Water Resources Association
  • Journal of Water and Climate Change
  • Nature
  • Nature Climate Change
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Regional Environmental Change
  • Science
  • Sustainability Science
  • Water Resource Management
  • Water Resources Research
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
  • References

  • Ackerman, F. and E. A. Stanton (2011). The Last Drop: Climate Change and the Southwest Water Crisis. Somerville, MA U.S.A., Stockholm Environment Institute.
  • Averyt, K., (2010). Are We Successfully Adapting Science to Climate Change? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91, 723-726.
  • Balling Jr., R. C., P. Gober (2007). Climate variability and residential water use in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 46(7), pp. 1130-1137.
  • Coles, A. R., and C. A. Scott (2009). Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and variability in semi-arid rural southeastern Arizona, USA. Nat. Resour. Forum, 33(4), 297-309.
  • Cooley, H., J. Fulton, et al. (2011). Water for Energy: Future Water Needs for Electricity in the Intermountain West. Oakland, CA, Pacific Institute: 64.
  • Endter-Wada, J., T. Selfa, L. W. Welsh (2009). Hydrologic interdependencies and human cooperation: The process of adapting to droughts. Weather, Climate, and Society, 1(1), pp. 54-70.
  • Engle, N. L. and M. C. Lemos (2010). Unpacking governance: Building adaptive capacity to climate change of river basins in Brazil. Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions 20(1), 4-13.
  • Farley, K. A., Tague, C., & Grant, G.E. (2011). Vulnerability of water supply from the Oregon Cascades to changing climate: Linking science to users and policy. Global Environmental Change - Human and Policy Dimensions, 21(1), 110 -122.
  • Gleick, P. (2010). Climate change, exponential curves, water resources, and unprecedented threats to humanity. Climatic Change, 100(1), 125-129.
  • Gleick, P. H. (2003). Global freshwater resources: Soft-path solutions for the 21st century. Science 302(5650), 1524-1528.
  • Gleick, P. H., and E. L. Chalecki (1999). The impacts of climatic changes for water resources of the Colorado and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Basins. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 35(6), 1429-1441.
  • Green, T., Taniguchi, M., Kooi, H., Gurdak, J.J., Hiscock, K., Allen, D., Treidel, H., and Aurelia, A. (2011). Beneath the surface of global change: Impacts of climate change on groundwater. Journal of Hydrology, 405:532-560, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol2011.05.002.
  • Jacobs, K., et al (2010). Linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable water-resources management. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 10.1073/pnas.0813125107
  • Kallis, G. (2008). Droughts. Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour., 33, 85-118.
  • Kiparsky, M., C. Brooks, and P. H. Gleick (2006). Do regional disparities in research on climate and water influence adaptive capacity? Climatic Change, 77(3-4), 363-375.
  • Kuruppu, N., and D. Liverman (2011). Mental preparation for climate adaptation: The role of cognition and culture in enhancing adaptive capacity of water management in Kiribati. Global Environ Chang, 21(2), 657-669.
  • Larsen, S.V. (2011). Risk as a challenge in practice: investigating climate change in water management. Regional Environmental Change, 11 (1), 112 - 122.
  • Liverman, D. M. (1990). Drought impacts in Mexico - Climate, agriculture, technology, and land-tenure in Sonora and Puebla. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 80(1), 49-72.
  • Lopez, A., F. Fung, M. New, G. Watts, A. Weston, and R. L. Wilby (2009). From climate model ensembles to climate change impacts and adaptation: A case study of water resource management in the southwest of England. Water Resources Research, 45.
  • Pahl-Wostl, C. (2007). Transitions towards adaptive management of water facing climate and global change. Water Resources Management 21(1), 49-62.
  • Poyar K. A., N. Beller-Simms (2010). Early responses to climate change: An analysis of seven U.S. state and local climate adaptation planning initiatives. Weather, Climate, and Society, 2(3), pp. 237-248.
  • Schlager, E. and T. Heikkila. (2011). Left High and Dry?: Climate Change, Common Pool Resource Theory and the Adaptability of Western Water Compacts. Public Administration Review, 71(3): 461-470.
  • Siegfried, T., S. Sobolowski, P. Raj, R. Fishman, V. Vasquez, K. Narula, U. Lall, and V. Modi (2010). Modeling irrigated area to increase water, energy, and food security in semiarid India. Weather, Climate, and Society, 2(4), pp. 255-270.
  • Steyaert, P., M. Barzman, J. P. Billaud, H. Brives, B. Hubert, G. Ollivier, and B. Roche (2007). The role of knowledge and research in facilitating social learning among stakeholders in natural resources management in the French Atlantic coastal wetlands. Environ. Sci. Policy, 10(6), 537-550.
  • Tschakert, P. (2007). Views from the vulnerable: Understanding climatic and other stressors in the Sahel. Global Environ Chang, 17(3-4), 381-396.
  • Vogel, C. and K. O'Brien (2006). Who can eat information? Examining the effectiveness of seasonal climate forecasts and regional climate-risk management strategies. Climate Research 33(1), 111-122.
  • Water Utility Climate Alliance (2009). Options for improving climate modeling to assist water utility planning for climate change. Technical Report.Rep., Water Utility Climate Alliance.
  • Wesselink, A., H. de Vriend, H. Barneveld, M. Krol, and W. Bijker (2009. Hydrology and hydraulics expertise in participatory processes for climate change adaptation in the Dutch Meuse. Water Sci Technol, 60(3), 583-595.
  • White, D. M., S. C. Gerlach, et al. (2007). Food and water security in a changing arctic climate. Environmental Research Letters 2(4), 4.
  • Funding Programs

  • NASA ROSES Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science | Deadline: 2012-01-19
  • NOAA Climate and Societal Interactions Program
  • NSF Dynamics of Natural and Coupled Human Systems Program
  • NSF Frontiers in Earth System Dynamics
  • NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES)
  • NSF Water Sustainability and Climate
  • Conferences

  • Adaptation Futures 2012 | Start date: 2011-05-29 | End date: 2011-05-31 | Deadline: 2011-01-20
  • AGU Annual Fall Meeting sessions 2010 example sessions: Water Resources Science and Strategies for Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change, Managing Water Resources Risks and Innovating Adaptation Strategies in a World of Change, Using Downscaled Climate Data in Impact and Adaptation Studies, Climate Change Adaptation | Start date: 2010-12-13 | End date: 2010-12-17
  • AGU Chapman Conferences: Chapman Conference on Climates, Past Landscapes, and Civilizations | Start date: 2011-03-21 | End date: 2011-03-25 | Deadline: 2011-02-17
  • AMS Annual Meeting conferences and symposia 2011 Examples: Symposium on Policy and Socio-economic research, Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy, Symposium on Environment and Health | Start date: 2010-01-23 | End date: 2010-01-27
  • EcoSummit 2012 Sept 30 - Oct 5 2012 Columbus, Ohio | End date: 2012-10-05
  • ICARUS - Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences
  • International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)
  • Planet Under Pressure March 26-29 2012 London, UK | End date: 2012-03-29
  • Resilience Alliance
  • Water Security, Risk, And Society | Start date: 2012-04-16 | End date: 2012-04-18 | Deadline: 2011-11-18
  • World Congress on Water, Climate, and Energy | Start date: 2012-05-13 | End date: 2012-05-18