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The Science/Policy Interface: Climate Adaptation and Decision-Making

The Science/Policy Interface: Climate Adaptation and Decision-Making

The Global Change and Sustainability Center Seminar Series presents Kathy Jacobs, Director for the Center for Climate Adaptation Global Change Seminar ThumbnailScience and Solutions for a lecture titled “The Science/Policy Interface:  Climate Adaptation and Decision-Making” on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at the Aline Skaggs Biology Building (210 ASB) at the University of Utah.

This seminar will explore the intersection between science and decision-making, including a discussion of multiple experiments in coproduction of knowledge between stakeholders and scientists in the context of preparing for the risks and opportunities associated with climate change.

About Katharine Jacobs:
Katharine Jacobs is a faculty member at the University of Arizona in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and is the Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) within the Institute of the Environment. CCASS builds and supports climate change adaptation and assessment capacity at regional, national and international scales, based on climate science and service investments within the University.

From 2010 – 2013, Jacobs served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. Jacobs was the director of the National Climate Assessment, leading a team of 300 authors and more than a thousand contributors who wrote the Third NCA report. She also was the lead advisor on water science and policy, and climate adaptation, within OSTP.

Prior to her work in the White House, from 2006-2009 Jacobs was the Executive Director of the Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of the three state universities focused on water-related research, education and technology transfer in support of water supply sustainability. She has more than twenty years of experience as a water manager for the State of Arizona Department of Water Resources, including 14 years as director of the Tucson Active Management Area. Her research interests include water policy, connecting science and decision-making, stakeholder engagement, use of climate information for water management applications, climate change adaptation and drought planning.

Ms. Jacobs earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on eight National Research Council panels and was Chair of the NRC Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change and a member of the panel on America’s Climate Choices.