Raymond J. Burby is a professor emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Burby is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has been an author or editor of 14 books and has published extensively in planning and policy journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. He is principal investigator in a study of urban growth boundaries funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in another NSF-funded project designed to improve the quality of applied research on disasters and mitigation of natural and technological hazards. He received his Ph.D. in planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Stephen J. Burges is a professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he spent his professional career. Dr. Burges’s research interests are in surface-water hydrology; urban hydrology; water-supply engineering; the application of stochastic methods in water resources engineering; water resources systems design, analysis, and operation; water resources aspects of civil engineering; and groundwater hydrology. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He is a past president (1994–1996) of the hydrology section of AGU. He has presented the Langbein Lecture for AGU, and is the recipient of the Ray K Linsley Award of the American Institute of Hydrology, and the Ven Te Chow Award of ASCE. Dr. Burges was a member of the National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board from 1985 to 1989. He received a B.Sc. in physics and mathematics and a B.E. (Hons 1) in civil engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 1967. He received an M.S. in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1970 in civil engineering from Stanford University.

Rita E. Cestti is a senior rural development specialist in the Quality Assurance and Compliance Unit at the World Bank. She has managed the identification, preparation, and supervision of a number of water-related, natural resources, environmental, and disaster management projects in several countries and has led the preparation of several pieces of economic-sector work and implementation of technical assistance activities. She has conducted extensive economic studies in the context of sector work and project analysis and in-depth research in the economics of water resources management and development, demand management, water allocation, water pricing, water pollution control, and integrated planning. She holds a B.S. and a professional degree in civil engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica, Peru, and an M.S. in engineering administration and M.A. in economics from the George Washington University. She is a registered professional civil engineer in Peru.

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