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Research / Discovery

Brekke presents this week's IWRS program

February 22, 2013

Topic: Evaluating the relevance, reliability, and applicability of CMIP5 climate projections for water resources and environmental planning.

 Levi Brekke
Levi Brekke, Water and Climate Research Coordinator in the Research and Development Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, is the featured speaker at this week's Interdisciplinary Water Research Seminar. He will speak on evaluating the relevance, reliability, and applicability of CMIP5 climate projections for water resources and environmental planning on March 13, noon-1 p.m. in Lory Student Center 208.

Water and environmental resources planners have developed the ability to assess vulnerability under potential climate change, and climate change impact assessments are often conducted to supplement traditional project investigations.

Moving forward, study teams will need to judge the applicability of climate projection information to support future investment decisions. This need for heightened understanding on information applicability arrives at a time when new global climate projections are being released through the World Climate Research Programme Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5 (CMIP5), which introduces new information opportunities and interpretation challenges.

Reclamation, USACE, CIRES and NOAA have initiated a collaborative demonstration project to evaluate the applicability of CMIP5 projections for use in water and environmental resources planning. This presentation will discuss the project framework  developed and demonstrated within the context of reservoir systems management in California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins, and preliminary results.

Brekke has been working with Reclamation since 2003. In his current position, he guides and facilitates research activities funded through Reclamation’s Science and Technology Program related to water, climate change, and climate variability. His education includes a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa, an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering from the University of California Berkeley.

IWRS presentations are free and open to all members of the CSU and Fort Collins community. There will be no presentation on March 20 for Spring Break or March 27 for Hydrology Days.


Contact: Reagan Waskom
Phone: 491-5821