MICHAEL HANEMANN is professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include nonmarket valuation, environmental economics and policy, water pricing and management, demand modeling for market research and policy design, the economics of irreversibility and adaptive management, and welfare economics. His current project focuses on testing and calibrating the measurement of nonmarket values for oil spills via the contingent valuation method. He has an M.A. in public finance and decision theory and a Ph.D. in economics, both from Harvard University.

DENISE LACH is associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Oregon State University. Her research interests include examination of changing roles and expectations for science and scientists in natural resource decision making, acceptability of bioremediation technology for cleanup of radionuclides and heavy metals, and institutional resistance to change, including the nonuse of climate forecasts by water managers, in the water sector. She has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Oregon and a B.S. degree in English/education from the University of Minnesota.

DOUG PLASENCIA is vice president and Western U.S. water resources practice leader for Michael Baker, Jr., Inc., based in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 22 years of experience in the field of floodplain management and storm water management working for public agencies, most recently as a consulting engineer in Arizona, Nevada, and Virginia. He develops watershed and river-based plans that integrate technology, policy, and implementation into long-term management strategies. He has participated in evaluations of the effectiveness of the 1 percent flood standard for the Federal Emergency Management Administration, served on an independent peer review of the hurricane protection system in New Orleans for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and has written on or participated in the development of national floodplain management policy. He was also a hydrologist with the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona, and was chief of flood protection for Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation. He has a B.S. degree in forest resource management from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. degree in watershed management from the University of Arizona.

PAUL C. STERN (Study Director) is a principal staff officer at the National Research Council and director of its standing Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change. His research interests include the determinants of environmentally significant behavior, participatory processes for informing environmental decision making, and the governance of environmental resources and risks. He is coauthor of the textbook Environmental Problems and Human Behavior and coeditor of numerous National Research Council publications, including Decision Making for the Environment: Social and Behavioral Science Priorities (2005), The Drama of the Commons (2002), Making Climate Forecasts Matter (1999), and Understanding Risk (1996). His coauthored Science article “The Struggle to Govern the Commons,” won the 2005 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Association. He holds a B.A. degree from Amherst College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Clark University, all in psychology.

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