Brad Udall is on the research faculty at the University of Colorado where he serves as the director and principal investigator of the CU-NOAA Western Water Assessment. The Assessment is an interdisciplinary NOAA-funded project designed to assist water managers and other users of climate data and information in the Rocky Mountain West. Recent Assessment projects developed using NOAA and CU scientists include a new 400-year-long streamflow reconstruction of the Colorado River based on tree-rings, seasonal El Nino-based climate forecasts, and information about the likely impacts of climate change on water supplies in the Rocky Mountain West.
Brad’s expertise includes hydrology and related policy issues of the American West. Brad has written extensively on the impacts of climate change on water resources in the American West. He was the lead author of the water sector chapter of the recently released Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, a publication of the United States Global Change Research Program, and was one of several authors for a recent climate change report for the state of Colorado. He has provided congressional testimony, input to several National Academy of Science panels, and has given hundreds of talks on climate change impacts. The California Department of Water Resources awarded him its Climate Science Service Award for his work in facilitating interactions between water managers and scientists, and the Department of Interior bestowed the Partner in Conservation Award on the Western Water Assessment for his work on the groundbreaking 2007 Environmental Impact Statement on Colorado River shortages and coordinated reservoir operations. Brad serves on the Water Research Foundation expert panel on climate change.
Brad has an engineering degree from Stanford and an MBA from Colorado State University. He was formerly a consulting engineer and the managing partner at Hydrosphere Resource Consultants, where he worked on interstate litigation on the North Platte River, endangered species on the Columbia River, future Front Range supplies, and shortage issues on the Colorado River.