2011-2012: Bureau of Reclamation, Science Advisor

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Bureau of Reclamation, Washington D.C.

In 2011, I took a leave of absence from George Mason University to serve as the Science Advisor at the Bureau of Reclamation. During my service at Reclamation, my attention focused on scientific integrity, data stewardship, peer review, partnering and communicating on climate change assessments and adaptation, as well as renewable energy projects. My goal was to ensure that Reclamation is managing water in the West using the best available science and methods. I saw this as an opportunity to guide Reclamation’s development of appropriate science in building strategies and techniques to address water and power issues as we adapt to change. I worked with a variety of issues including climate change adaptation, advanced water treatment, invasive species, renewable energy and utilizing peer review while maintaining scientific integrity. My primary interest in working with the Bureau of Reclamation was to have a chance to use science to really make a difference to people.

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Dr. Paul R. Houser

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Dr. Houser in an internationally recognized expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, scientific integrity and policy, and global water and energy cycling. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Houser's previous experience includes internships at the U.S. Geological Survey and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Houser joined the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office (DAO/GMAO) in 1997, served as manager of NASA’s Land Surface Hydrology Program, and served as branch head of the Hydrological Science Branch. In 2005, he joined the George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program and the Geography and Geoinformation Sciences Department as Professor of Global Hydrology, and formed CREW (the Center for Research for Environment and Water). Dr. Houser has also teamed with groundwater development and exploration companies (EarthWater Global and Geovesi) and has served as Science Advisor to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Dr. Houser has led numerous scientific contributions, including the development of Land Data Assimilation Systems (LDAS), the Hydrospheric States Mission (Hydros/SMAP), the Land Information System (LIS), the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS), and the Water Cycle Solutions Network (WaterNet).

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