water supply sustainability. She is also the Deputy Director of the NSF Center for Sustainability of Arid Region Hydrology and Riparian Areas at the University of Arizona, and Professor and Specialist at the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and Water Resources Research Center. She has twenty years of experience as a water manager for the state of Arizona Department of Water Resources. Her research interests include water policy, connecting science and decision making, stakeholder engagement, use of climate information for water management applications, and drought planning. Ms. Jacobs earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a co-author of the National Assessment and part of the National Assessment Synthesis Team, and has served on numerous NRC committees.


Dr. Eric J. Barron is dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Miami. Dr. Barron has been a fellow and scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, associate professor of marine geology and geophysics at the University of Miami, and director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center and EMS Environment Institute. His research emphasizes global change, specifically numerical models of the climate system and the study of climate change throughout Earth history. Dr. Barron is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He has served on and chaired numerous NRC committees and was chair of the Panel on Climate Variability and Change. He was a coauthor of the National Assessment and part of the National Assessment Synthesis Team (NAST).


Ambassador Richard Benedick is currently senior adviser to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory–Joint Global Change Research Institute and president of the National Council for Science and the Environment. He has played a major role in global environmental affairs, as chief U.S. negotiator and a principal architect of the historic Montreal Protocol on protection of the ozone layer, and as special adviser to Secretaries-General of both the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) and the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994). A career diplomat, Dr. Benedick served in Iran, Pakistan, Paris, Bonn, and Athens, and directed policy formation at the State Department on environment, natural resources, population, health, and development. His acclaimed book Ozone Diplomacy (Harvard, 1991, 1998; Kogyo Chosakai, 1999) was selected for a McGraw-Hill anthology of 20th century environmental classics. In 1991 he was elected to the World Academy of Art and Science, and in 2002 to the American Academy of Diplomacy. Among many awards, he received the two highest Presidential



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