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Affiliation: 
US Army Corps of Engineers
Title: 
Senior Lead for Global and Climate Change
Department: 
Institute for Water Resources
Expertise: 
Hydrology, hydraulics, water management

Biography

Dr. Kate White is a registered professional engineer with over 20 years experience in the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Kate holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is the Senior Lead for Systems and Global Change at the USACE Institute for Water Resources, where she is involved with a national initiative on water management adaptation to climate change. This includes a national assessment of how climate change will affect water resources planning and the management of the existing Corps water resources infrastructure in the future. Kate also leads USACE Campaign Plan Systems Approach. This multi-disciplinary program involving all mission areas of the USACE Civil Works and Military Programs is charged with effecting fundamental change in the USACE by developing and implementing an integrated, comprehensive and systems based approach in the execution of all its mission areas. This change incorporates anticipatory and adaptive management in the face of dynamic changes so the USACE will remain adaptable and sustainable over time. The comprehensive systems approach shifts the decision-making focus from individual, isolated projects to an interdependent system, and from local or immediate solutions to regional or long-term solutions.