This panel discussion explored the extent to which climate change is contributing to the intensity of California’s recent deadly storms, what modeling is telling us to expect in the future and how residents and decision-makers can plan and prepare for those projected impacts particularly in overburdened communities.
A panel of Stanford scientists joined by Sacramento County's spokesperson on water resources, drinking water, and flooding emergencies discussed the science behind this latest example of climate-fueled weather extremes, in addition to assessing implications for the state’s drought recovery and lessons for community preparedness. The discussion also explored where resilience and adaptation or emergency planning efforts paid off at the local level and what tools and methods are available to provide solutions to both drought and flooding water storage challenges.
Noah Diffenbaugh, Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Rosemary Knight, George L. Harrington Professor of Geophysics and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Matt Robinson, Sacramento County Public Information Manager (Water Resources, Drinking Water, Flooding)
Jenny Suckale, Assistant Professor of Geophysics and Center Fellow by Courtesy at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Moderated by Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
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