ABOUT ME

I am a research hydrologist and climatologist, recently retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, a Visiting Researcher for Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a Distinguished Visiting Researcher at the Desert Research Institute. I research the hydrology, climate, and water resources of the West, focusing on regional surface water and groundwater resources, hydroclimatic variability, and climate-change impacts. For contracting purposes, I have recently established a one-person LLC, called Michael Dettinger Climate Science, LLC.

Over the years, I've been: 

  • physical-sciences team leader for DOI-DOD ecosystem planning in the Mojave Desert (way back in the 1990s),

  • founding member of the CIRMONT Western Mountain Climate Sciences Consortium,

  • co-editor of the 2008 and 2016 State of Bay-Delta Science reports,

  • research advisor for USGS Surface-Water Discipline,

  • member of the USGS Global Change Science Strategic Planning Team, 

  • lead author of the Water Resources chapter of the 2013 National Climate Assessment,

  • convening lead author of California 4th Climate Assessment Sierra Nevada Region Report,

  • a member of the Standing Review Board for NASA's Surface-Water/Oceanographic Topography (SWOT) mission.

I've authored and co-authored 150+ scientific articles and chapters in scholarly journals and books, 30+ government reports, and 80+ other reports in less formal outlets. My work has been cited in the scientific literature more than 26,000 times (>12,000 since 2015).

Photo: Lamoille Cyn, Ruby Mtns, Nevada

EDUCATION

PROFESSIONAL HONORS

Hydrology FELLOW,

American Geophysical Union

"for insightful, societally relevant research in understanding how climate and weather affect the variability of hydrologic systems”

2014-present

1973-1977

University of California, San Diego

BA Physics, Summa cum Laude

Atmospheric & Hydrospheric FELLOW, American Association for the Advancement of Science

"for seminal contributions to the understanding of the hydroclimatology of the Western US” 

2018-present

SENIOR SCIENTIST, US Geological Survey

2015-2019

1977-1979

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MS Civil Engineering (Water Resources)

1990-1997

University of California, Los Angeles

MS & PhD Atmospheric Sciences

CLIMATE SERVICE AWARDS,

California Department of Water Resources

2007, 2014

VICE PRESIDENT GORE'S NATIONAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW AWARD

"for physical-science leadership in multiagency DOD/DOI Mojave Ecosystem Planning"

1996

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD, California Extreme Precipitation Symposium

2020

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