January 26, 2010
Written by Sherrel Jones
The symposium will focus on ways to preserve one of Texas' most precious resources, water.
Prominent Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe is to serve on a panel for Texas Water Symposium, titled “Climate Change and Impacts on Floods, Weather and Drought in Texas: What Controversy?”
As lead author on the federal report “Global Climate Change Impacts the United States,” Hayhoe will serve on a panel with Robert E. Mace, deputy executive administrator at the Texas Water Development Board, and Todd Votteler, executive director emeritus of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust.
The Texas Water Symposium aims to illustrate the complexity and challenges facing Texas water supply over this century, Hayhoe said.
“Water is one of our most precious resources,” she said. “Here in Texas, our water is already under stress from too many people competing for too little supply. In the future, rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns from climate change are likely to exacerbate many of the stresses we are already concerned about. We need to do everything we can to preserve this valuable resource for future generations.”
The series is a joint project by Texas Tech, Schreiner University, Hill Country Alliance, University at Fredericksburg and Texas Public Radio.