Scientists and Bay Area officials meet to tackle water and climate issues

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BERKELEY (KRON) — The Climate Readiness Institute, a coalition of scientists from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is hosting a four-hour meeting with local water officials and other Bay Area leaders to discuss how academic research can help deal with the current drought and the broader shift in California’s climate.

“These are experts on making water come out of a tap,” said William Collins, director of CRI and a climate modeler based at LBNL and UC Berkeley. “This meeting will focus on what the current drought could mean for the Bay Area and what kind of long-term steps, whether it be adaptation or mitigation, we should be taking.”

Officials from several East Bay and Sonoma County water agencies along with UC Berkeley scientists will speak at the event. The speakers will discuss topics such as rebooting water systems to be more modern, the health implications of drought, and the impact water shortages and increasing water demands will have on ecosystems around the Bay.

“We want to look beyond the solutions already in hand and ask, ‘What additional techniques need to be developed to address these looming water-supply problems, such as the inevitable disappearance of the Sierra snowpack by the end of the century,’” said Collins, who is head of LBNL’s Climate Sciences Department and a UC Berkeley professor in residence of earth and planetary science.FOR INFORMATION:

WHEN: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WHERE: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

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