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 (>11,000 in the past 5 yrs).

Photo: Lamoille Cyn, Ruby Mtns, Nevada

EDUCATION

PROFESSIONAL HONORS

Hydrology FELLOW,

American Geophysical Union

2014-present

1973-1977

University of California, San Diego

BA Physics, Summa cum Laude

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

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 Initiative

1996

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD, California Extreme Precipitation Symposium

2020

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