Juliet Christian-Smith

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Juliet Christian-Smith is a climate scientist with the Climate and Energy Program with expertise in policy-relevant information on climate science and climate impacts. See Juliet's full bio.

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Survey Shows Abundant Snow, But Will it Stick?

Today’s snow survey confirms abundant snow in the Sierra Nevada. But, early snowmelt will cause flooding and require reservoirs to spill excess water that could threaten safety of California dams in the weeks to come. It’s time to stop looking up to the mountains for our water supply and start paying attention to our aquifers. Read more >

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People Still Care About Science: California Commits to Using Climate Science in Water Decisions

People still care about science even in today’s anti-truth, post-fact political maelstrom. And it’s not just scientists (who will soon be marching in the streets). It’s also the people entrusted with ensuring basic services, like clean drinking water. People like California’s State Water Board members, who passed a resolution this month to embed climate science into all of its existing work.

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Photo: Zack Cunningham / California Department of Water Resources
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Learning from Oroville Dam Disaster: State Water Board Proposes Climate Change Resolution

Earlier this week, while areas downstream of Oroville Dam were still under an evacuation order, California’s State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) released a draft resolution for a comprehensive response to climate change. Read more >

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Standing Up for Science: Notes from the Field

The February issue of San Francisco Magazine on shelves today is titled “Resistance,” and features stories of politicians, lawyers, activists…even scientists who are involved in challenging some of the early actions of the Trump administration. My colleague, Jimmy O’Dea, and I are both featured with other scientists who attended the December meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).  Read more >

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Droughts and Floods: How Climate Change is Affecting California’s Water Supply

The beginning of the new year brought massive amounts of precipitation to the northern half of the Golden State. So much rain, in fact, that some rivers have flooded over their banks, damaging property and endangering lives. Read more >

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